Symposium on Gender Responsive Crop Breeding

The GREAT Symposium on Gender Responsive Crop Breeding was convened virtually on November 23rd-24th, 2020.  The sessions were attended by more than 100 participants. The event brought together interdisciplinary research teams of plant breeders, pathologists, socio-economists, anthropologists, food processing and quality experts from more than 10 countries in Anglo and Francophone sub-Saharan Africa to share their work.  The presenters are from a range of institutions including National agricultural research Institutions, Universities, and CG Centres. The event summarized these research teams’ work to produce crop improvement focused agricultural research that delivers equitable benefits to women, men, boys, and girls.  Since its establishment in 2016, GREAT has trained more than 250 professionals in gender responsive agricultural research methods.

GREAT Symposium on Gender Responsive Crop Breeding – Archived Videos

Archived Agenda - Live Google Document Here 

Keynote Address

Gender responsive crop breeding:  The GREAT journey 2016-2020, milestones and achievements

Margaret Najjingo Mangheni, GREAT co-PI Makerere University

Keynote address

Gender responsive crop breeding: 
Lessons from the GREAT project and the vision for the future

  • Hale Ann Tufan, GREAT co-PI Cornell University

Dynamics of Farm Work, Household Duties and Labour Engagement for Men and Women in Maize Production in Northern Ghana

  • Eyram Natson, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ghana

Gender and conservation of traditional sorghum

  • Martha Businge, Makerere University, Uganda

Gender dynamics in banana seed systems and impacts on banana bunchy top disease recovery in Cameroon

  • Lilian Nkengla, Oxfam America, USA)

Panel Discussion:

Gender focused research in a breeding program: skills and training for success

  • Moderator:  Elisabeth Garner, Cornell University
  • Losira Nasirumbi Sanya, Makerere University
  • Eyram Natson Amengor, CSIR Ghana
  • Eileen Nchanji, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, Kenya

Intra-household relations influencing seed access for young people in Mali

  • Almamy Sylla, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Mali

A mixed-method gendered outlook into the adoption of improved rice varieties in Madagascar

  • Gaudiose Mujawamariya, AfricaRice, Madagascar

Insights and lessons from gender-responsive RTB food product profiling studies in East and West African

  • Lora Forsythe, University of Greenwich, UK

Gendered-based farmers participatory varietal selection

  • Kachalla Mala, Lake Chad Research Institute, Nigeria


Reflections on Gender Integration at the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut

  • Jessica Marter-Kenyon, Innovation Lab for Peanut, University of Georgia, USA

Gendered varietal and trait preferences of common bean value chain actors in Uganda: Implications for breeding

  • Eileen Nchanji, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, Kenya