The value of mixed methods approach: Lessons from the GREAT-TLIII Training on Gender Gaps
This training on 26th November – 1st December 2018 by Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, was a great opportunity for the Gender Breeding Initiative (GBI) and the multidisciplinary teams involved. Empirical studies in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have consistently shown a persistent gender yield gap in agricultural productivity despite novel research investments in agricultural productivity. However, what is not clear is what shapes gender yield gaps in specific contexts and crop enterprises, and what the responsible drivers are. Mixed methods are identifying challenges and providing concrete solutions to unpacking the gender gaps in productivity. However, there is a lacuna in integration of mixed methods from project inception to implementing practical solutions for closing gender gaps. Mixed methods remain just a prerequisite with a lot of emphasis from donors and research teams.
However, pathways for disseminating proofs of concept and demonstrating their effectiveness in terms of publications and various communication products are almost non-existent. This training helped highlight the different levels of capacities among the teams and facilitated areas of intervention in terms of capacity building for mixed methods. In my view, we should continue with such initiatives that attempt to synergise disciplines such as gender and breeding in order for us to realise gender transformation for sustainable agricultural development.
Author: Edward Bikketi – Gender Post-Doc Fellow, ICRISAT