Developmental promises made to women are not delivering. Here’s how we can do better.

This was originally published by the CGIAR Collaborative Network on Gender Research.

For decades we’ve been talking about “bringing women on board” agricultural solutions. It’s time to disrupt this approach. Because, simply put,  ‘gender’ does not translate to ‘women’ and addressing inequalities by gender is not simply about ‘adding women’ to predetermined solutions.

What we need is to rethink agriculture, water and environment solutions so that they address – or at the very least are cognizant of – the structural issues that make women unequal actors and participants in development.