Gender Research Fellowship’s second round kicks off in Kenya

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The workshop participants pose for a photo in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo by C.Magaju/ICRAF

Building on a successful first phase, the Gender Research Fellowship Programme is back for round two.

This unique program has been designed to strengthen the capacity of researchers and partners working within the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) to conduct research that can support gender equality and other desired project outcomes, such as the sustainable management and conservation of tree genetic resources.

The Gender Research Fellowship Programme is funded by FTA and is coordinated by two of FTA’s partners, Bioversity International and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Partner institutes actively involved in the Gender Research Fellowship Programme include Association tipaalga, Centre National de Semences Forestières (CNSF – Burkina Faso), Feed the Children, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), and Université de Ouagadougou.

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The four gender fellows. Photo by M. Elias/Bioversity International

The program’s specific objectives are to:

  • Strengthen the knowledge base regarding gender and the sustainable management and delivery of tree genetic resources
  • Build FTA staff and partner skills in gender analysis and methodologies that support gender-transformative research
  • Develop a community of practice around engaged gender research

From Aug. 28 Sept. 1, 2017, the new Gender Fellows came together in Nairobi, Kenya, to launch the second edition of the Gender Research Fellowship Programme. The four Fellows — two women scientists from Kenya and two from Burkina Faso — developed plans to conduct research on gender and restoration in West and East African countries.

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Three days of the inception workshop were open to other FTA participants who wished to learn approaches to move “Beyond gender-disaggregated data: Towards engaged research to exert change,” as the title of the workshop indicated. The other two days were reserved for the Gender Fellows to discuss — despite language barriers — how to work together to implement some of those engaged research approaches in their respective projects.

Over the coming year and a half, the Fellows will share their experiences using different approaches for social and gender analysis. They will test the usefulness of scalable, participatory and mixed method approaches to promote gender equity and sustainable natural resource management.

The Fellows will be tasked with producing blogs, reports and scientific papers based on their research. Stayed tuned for more from them!

To learn more about the launch of the second phase of the Gender Fellowship, check out the presentation on intersectionality delivered at the workshop by the Center for International Forestry Research’s (CIFOR) Markus Ihalainen.

By Marlene Elias and Manon Koningstein, FTA Gender Integration Team. Originally published on the website of Bioversity International

This work forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA), which is supported by CGIAR Fund Donors

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