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Webinar: Design elements for gender-responsive breeding

Sep 21, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The CGIAR Gender and Breeding Initiative and CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research will jointly host the webinar ‘Design elements for gender-responsive breeding’ on Thursday 21 September from 4:00pm – 5:30pm CEST (France time). 

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The need for crop and animal breeding programs to consider gender differences has been recognized long ago. Many breeding programs understand the negative effect of overlooking traits important to women users. However, applied methods and tools are still lacking. This webinar will examine the main stages of a breeding cycle to discuss and analyze the entry points in the breeding cycle where breeders can make use of information about gender dynamics and when to consider the different preferences, needs, and objectives of men and women end-users.

Photo: S.Quinn/CIP

The second part of the session will present the main outputs and conclusions from the Gender, Breeding and Genomics workshop held in Nairobi, Kenya in 2016. The workshop was held with support from the CGIAR Gender Network, which has now evolved into the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research. Outputs from the workshop included suggestions for the “must-have” features of gender-responsive plant or animal breeding shown in the figure as well as practical ideas about what needs to be done and how to give programs these features, thus helping to bridge the gap between awareness and practice.

This sets the scene for the upcoming Innovation Workshop on Gender and Breeding to be held from 5-7 October 2017, in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop, now coordinated by the CGIAR Gender and Breeding Initiative, will build on the findings from the 2016 workshop and bring together a selected group of social scientists, and plant and animal breeders to contribute to the development of a strategy for gender-responsive breeding with supporting methods, tools and practices.

For more information, including speakers, see the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research webpage or the CGIAR Gender and Breeding Initiative webpage.


Sep 21, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm