GREAT Webinar: Equipping agricultural researchers to conduct gender responsive research for inclusive and effective agricultural systems

A series of courses by the GREAT project tailored to specific disciplines and value chains, provide agricultural researchers from sub-Saharan Africa with training in the theory and practice of gender-responsive research.

The first GREAT course will focus on Gender Responsive Root, Tuber and Banana Breeding, and will be held in Kampala, Uganda over two weeks in September 2016 and February 2017.

GREAT aims to equip research teams with tools and skills to act, and move beyond “gender sensitization” to create more inclusive and effective agricultural systems by addressing the priorities of both women and men in sub-Saharan Africa.

With support from the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas and the International Potato Center, GREAT will be hosting an open webinar on April 6, 2016 to introduce the project, share experiences from the pilot program and outline the vision for upcoming courses, along with an opportunity for questions and feedback.

April 6, 2016 at 9:30AM Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -4:00)
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Course Design
GREAT courses are tailored to specific agriculture disciplines and value chains, offering gender training linked to practice in agricultural research, targeted to research communities. The courses are designed to balance the depth of theory needed to internalize concepts with practical tools to apply in ongoing projects. GREAT aims to equip research teams with tools and skills to act, and move beyond “gender sensitization”.

GREAT’s Blended-Learning Model
GREAT uses a blended model of two face-courses with field work and e-mentoring and learning in between, structured in three parts:

  1. Week 1 – 12-21 September 2016 (face-to-face training at Kampala, Uganda): an introductory module on general theory and concepts of gender-responsiveness and applied instruction on qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis approaches
  2. Practice (field application): four to six months of practice with collection of qualitative and quantitative sex-disaggregated data from ongoing projects, supported by e-learning and e-mentoring
  3. Week 2 – 13-17 February 2017 (face-to-face training at Kampala, Uganda): a data analysis, interpretation, and feedback/advocacy module

Researchers will attend GREAT courses in project teams from their respective sub-Saharan African research institutions.

After completing their training, GREAT participants will “put the evidence to work” at events in their home countries to influence policymakers to support gender-responsive policies and practices.

GREAT is a collaboration between Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. GREAT is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is funded through International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University.