ADVANCING GENDER EQUALITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSION
Our vision at the Alliance is to foster gender-equitable, socially inclusive food systems that sustain the planet, drive prosperity, and nourish all people. In food systems, women play important roles as farmers, entrepreneurs, and seed custodians, whilst many balance this work with a household role as a career. Often, women with a strong lineage to their homelands hold unique knowledge about local agricultural practices, passing this knowledge on to future generations. Yet, despite their essential contributions to food systems, women tend to have less decision-making authority than men, earning lower wages and resources.
In addition to the intrinsic value of greater equality between women and men, it is estimated that closing the gender gap in agriculture could increase global GDP by 1%: nearly $1 trillion USD. This would reduce global food insecurity by about 2%, improving the lives of approximately 45 million people (FAO, 2023).
Integrating Gender across Alliance and CGIAR Research
The Alliance’s research on gender and social inclusion develops strategies to improve gender equality and social inclusion in food, land and water systems, using qualitative and quantitative participatory research methods. This work is interdisciplinary and demand driven, focusing on understanding and addressing the drivers of inequality, both by empowering women and young people, and through gender-transformative approaches, which tackle the root causes of inequality.
In the CGIAR GENDER Impact Platform, the Alliance leads the ‘Alliances Module’, focusing on partnerships and capacity building. We also co-lead a CGIAR Community of Practice on gender-transformative research.
Within the Alliance, our team of gender researchers leads a ‘Nexus Enabler’ on gender and social inclusion, sharing knowledge with researchers from other work areas on how to conduct gender-sensitive research, ensuring that all the Alliance’s work empowers women and addresses the norms and policies that perpetuate gender and social inequality.