First spinoff course on ‘Capacity building for gender responsive research and reporting’

What does it mean to have gender responsive product profiles? How can gender be integrated into breeding programs? These were some of the important issues addressed at a spinoff course on ‘Capacities Building for Gender Responsive Research and Reporting’ from 26 Nov – 1 Dec 2018, in Kampala, Uganda, funded by the Gender-responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT) and TL III projects, both funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The activity was part of the MoU between ICRISAT and Makerere University in April 2018, for the University to train biophysical and social scientists of the TL III project. Attended by 18 participants (9 social scientists and 9 legume breeders) from sub-Saharan African countries working in NARS and universities, the training aimed to build the capacities of participants for gender integration in their breeding programs, implementing gender responsive activities, and having gender responsive product profiles.

Instructors and Participants pose for a group photo after the opening session. Photo: GREAT

Instructors and Participants pose for a group photo after the opening session. Photo: GREAT


The course was intended to be practical so that each team could examine the data they had already collected on gender gaps, delve into the interpretation of results they were obtaining and design interventions that would tackle gender gaps they had in their breeding programs. A few breeding programs that had made progress in data collection shared the results and plans they had designed for interventions. Teams that had not collected any data on gender gaps started off by making plans for data collection. The training was organized for broad application to impact country breeding programs. The workshop led to some participants writing blogs on their experiences and learnings which will be uploaded on the TL III and GREAT websites.

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