The Gender and Agriculture Research Network conducted its first workshop from July 25-27, 2012, hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, at which thirty participants, including fifteen designated leaders of gender research in the CGIAR’s new global research programs, analyzed opportunities for cross-program collaboration with the following objectives:
To identify opportunities for cross-program research on gender and agriculture in the CGIAR Research Programs
To exchange information and ideas from CGIAR Research Program Gender Strategies
To identify a shared set of gender-responsive research outcomes that can be jointly monitored to assess progress
To deepen understanding of critical success factors for mainstreaming gender
As a result of the workshop the Network formulated two recommendations to strengthen the gender mainstreaming efforts of the Consortium, outlined four concept briefs on collaborative research opportunities, developed an action plan for 2012-2013 with Network task forces formed to follow through on related activities and planned a joint publication. The recommendations for strengthening gender mainstreaming were as follows:
The Network recommends adoption of a CGIAR Gender Policy that builds on the Consortium System Level Gender Strategy. A Gender Policy is needed to define accountability at different levels of the system, assign responsibilities for achievement of results dependent on changes in gender equity and to provide harmonized protocols and standards for cross-system, portfolio-level performance monitoring of gender research.
The Network recommends the CGIAR to formulate a new, gender-responsive, System Level Outcome that explicitly addresses gender equality to ensure the effects of gender disparities are taken into account in the definition and assessment of CGIAR outcomes and impacts.