Gender, Diversity and Inclusion

Achieving gender equality, as well as diversity and inclusion, is fundamental to CGIAR’s ability to achieve its goals and have greater impact.

CGIAR is working to embed and rapidly mature its approach to gender equality in all that it does – both research and in the workplace. The CGIAR Strategy and Results Framework (SRF) 2016-2030 makes an explicit commitment to tackle gender equality across CGIAR, including by ‘closing the gender gap in equitable access to resources, information and power in the agri-food system by 2030’.

“Achieving true gender and diversity transformation is not an easy task. With democratization rather than institutionalization of the gender agenda, and with committed leadership that believes it is important and is accountable for it, we will see change.”

Prof. Gebisa Ejeta, Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics and International Agriculture, and Executive Director of the Center for Global Food Security, Purdue University. 2009 World Food Prize winner. Member of the IWMI Board of Trustees.

Gender, diversity and inclusion in CGIAR’s workplaces

CGIAR is committed to fostering a work environment for the close to 10,000 staff employed by CGIAR Research Centers and System Entities in over 50 countries, that reflects gender equality, respect for diversity (including by nationality, age and other socio-cultural differences), and inclusion.

CGIAR understands that addressing gender, diversity and inclusion challenges are fundamental to promoting innovation and productivity and to our ability to achieve its goals.

In April 2019, the System Management Board adopted the formal target of at least 35% representation of women in professional roles by end-2020 for CGIAR Research Centers and the CGIAR System Organization collectively, with a longer-term aspirational goal of at least 40% for consideration in the context of the 2030 Plan.

With support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and under the over-all guidance of the Gender Champions of the CGIAR System Management Board, Geoff Hawtin and Claudia Sadoff, the CGIAR Research Centers and the CGIAR System Organization are collectively designing a ‘Framework for Gender, Diversity and Inclusion in CGIAR’s Workplaces’ and a related ‘Action Plan’, in line with Sub-action 4.3 of the CGIAR System Business Plan 2019-2021. These documents are currently under consultation across CGIAR and are expected to be in place by the end of 2019.

The CGIAR Research Centers and the CGIAR System Organization are pursuing their efforts to strengthen gender equality, diversity and inclusion in CGIAR’s workplaces (see update on ‘Strengthening gender equality in CGIAR’s workplaces’).

Gender in research

CGIAR’s goals are to ensure integration of high-quality gender research into CGIAR’s Research Portfolio, and position CGIAR as a global leader for the science of gender equality in agriculture with an emphasis on closing gender evidence gaps and using that evidence to positively influence the global ecosystem of agricultural research and development.

Gender equality is an integral part of CGIAR’s research agenda and is guided by the Gender strategies developed and made publicly available by all CGIAR Research Programs.

The CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research aims to put gender equality in research on the map through its three objectives:

  1. Raising the visibility of CGIAR gender research both inside and outside the system;
  2. Developing capacities of scientists to raise the quality of CGIAR gender research across all programs; and
  3. Assessing and progressing on cross-CGIAR gender research priorities.

A Call is being made for Proposals for a CGIAR Gender Equality in Food Systems Research Platform, approved by the System Management Board. The deadline for proposals was Tuesday 2 July 2019. Details of the required elements of the proposal and the budget template are found in the following documents:

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