GS18 Programme

Agriculture through the Gender Lens: From Surviving to Thriving in a Climate Changing World
Virtual event with plenary sessions and a collection of webinars, 23 November 2020 – 2 December 2020
Virtual Programme - to be delivered via Zoom 

All times shown are for Nairobi, UTC +3

23 November 2020  
 15:00-15:15 Opening Remarks 1 (pre-recorded)
Lydie Hakizimana, CEO of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)
 15:15-15:30 Opening Remarks 2 (pre-recorded)
O-2: Katja Becker, President, German Research Foundation (DFG)
 15:30-15:45 Opening Remarks 3 – (pre-recorded)
O-3: Dominique Charron, Vice President for Programs and Partnerships, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
 16:00-17:30 Funders Addresses (live with Q&A)
Chair: Eliane Ubalijoro, Professor of Practice, McGill University & Deputy Executive Director (Programmes) at Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Secretariat

F-1: Lisa Stadelbauer, Canadian High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya and Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme and to the United Nations Environment Programme
F-2: Katrin Hagemann, Deputy Ambassador, European Union Delegation, Kenya
F-3: Kathryn Toure, Regional Director, Eastern and Southern Africa, for Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
F-4: Miyoko Watanabe, Executive Director and Director of Office for Diversity and Inclusiveness, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
24 November 2020
12:00-12:15 Keynote (live)
Developing and applying new gender analysis methods for agriculture research in Africa
K-1: Jemimah Njuki, Director for Africa at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
12:20-13:50 Plenary 1 (live webinar with Q&A)
Advancing research at the intersection of gender, agriculture and climate change to achieve more inclusive, equitable and sustainable socio-economic outcomes for women and men.
This panel will examine current knowledge and any biases and gaps in understanding how and why climate change affects women’s and men’s lives and livelihoods differently, and how these differences should be studied, and how the results should be translated into equitable and sustainable socio-economic interventions in Africa’s agriculture and in food production systems.

Chair: Nana Ama Browne Klutse, Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics, University of Ghana

Gender and water security: lessons from the REACH programme
P1-1: Daniel Olago, Associate Professor at the Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation, and the Department of Geology, University of Nairobi
Gender dynamics in livestock management for sustainable land and water footprint
P1-2: Juliet Kariuki, Research Scientist, University of Hohenheim (Germany)
Food & nutrition security for female focused smallholder farmers using locally available environmentally friendly material
P1-3: Caroline Mulinya, Senior Lecturer of Geography and Director in charge of international relations and academic linkages at Kaimosi Friends University
Gender mainstreaming from the Policy Support System SDG-PSS lens for monitoring the enabling environment and achieving SDG6 in Tunisia
P1-4: Olfa Mahjoub, Associate Professor at the National Research Institute for Rural Engineering, Water and Forestry (INRGREF), University of Carthage, Tunisia
Gendered experiences with irrigation technology in Northern Ethiopia
P1-5: Annapia Debarry, Research fellow in the Department of Development Geography at the University of Bonn
14:00-15:20 Plenary session 2 (live webinar with Q&A)
Intersectionality in African research: Findings from a systematic literature review
Intersectionality as an analytical tool recognizes that how individuals relate to climate change depends on their positions in context-specific power structures based on social categorizations. Intersectionality moves beyond looking just at gender considerations and strives to recognize the way different parts of identity interact to create privilege and oppression. In this panel, we will examine the findings from a study on intersectionality in African research and provide reflections from research funders on how the study’s recommendations can be implemented at the funding level.

Chair: Salome Bukachi, Social-medical Anthropologist, Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Presenting the research results
P2-1: Heidi van Rooyen, Executive Director, Human and Social Development at Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), South Africa
P2-2: Ingrid Lynch, Senior Research Specialist, Human and Social Development at Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), South Africa
Presenting the funders perspectives
P2-3: Dorothy Ngila, National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa and
Eva Reichwein, German Research Foundation (DFG), Germany
25 November 2020
12:00-13:20 Specialist Session A (live webinar with Q&A)
Advancing digital technologies for inclusive and equitable agriculture
This panel will examine how recent digital technological innovations, and especially using AI, big data analytics, and machine learning, are being deployed to transform agricultural practices in Africa, and how these innovations take into equal consideration the needs of women and men, with corresponding benefits for each.

Chair: Husna Mbarak, Lead in Governance of Natural Resources Sub-Programme & Programme Manager for Land Governance at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Kenya

Using technology to reduce livestock mortality rate and increase productivity and farmer’s income
A-1: Alima Bawah, Co-Founder, COO, CowTribe, Ghana
Improving women’s use of mobile technologies for economic empowerment
A-2: Grace Nanyonjo, Gender Specialist, National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), Uganda
Digitising food systems in developing economies
A-3: Linet Kwamboka, Founder and CEO at DataScience LTD, Kenya
Transforming food security with magnetic refrigeration
A-4: Winifred Mueni Mulwa, Computational Physics Researcher, Department of Physics, Egerton University, Kenya
13:20-14:50 Specialist session B (live webinar with Q&A)
Climate-smart agriculture from a gender perspective: improving understanding of how to enable successful adaptive transitions in farming practices at local, and larger-scale levels
This session adopts a gender perspective to examine the discourse on climate-smart agriculture and current understanding of the drivers and barriers to successful adaptive transitions to more climate change resilient farming practices, and what interventions can help enhance localised adaptation, as well as at larger-scale, by recognizing the different needs and roles of men and women.

Chair: Henri-Ukoha Adanna, Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Harnessing the Synergies: Exploring Contribution of Community based Forestry to enhanced Gendered Food Security and Nutrition in Chiradzulu, Malawi
B-1: Makwinja Yamikani, Scientist, School of Economics and Management, Beijing Forestry University, China
Gender perspective on crop diversification and productivity among small-holder farms
B-2: Adekemi A. Obisesan, Research Scientist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria
Gender parity in control over use of income and participation in production decisions
B-3: Maria G. Ogunnaike, Research Scientist, Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
Analysis of Choice for Convenient Food Products by Generation X and Y Urban Areas of Uganda
B-4: Joseph Mugagga, Scientist, National Agricultural Research Organisation, Uganda, Makerere University Kampala-Uganda
15:00-16:20 Specialist session C (live webinar with Q&A)
Agripreneurship stories: finding enterprise opportunities along the agricultural value chain
This session is an opportunity to present current data on women’s entrepreneurship in Africa and to learn from the experiences of women agripreneurs making positive impact on society, finding business opportunities along the agricultural value chain, and using technology and tools to invest and partner with agricultural producers to create successful enterprises.

Chair: Esther Njuguna-Mungai, Senior Scientist, Gender, International Livestock Research Institute

Changing lives and livelihoods through the adoption of improved seed, fertilizer, and other inputs helps unleash demand at local levels – gender lessons from AGRA projects
C-1: Vanessa Adams, Vice-President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Advancing biotechnology to increase food production in Africa
C-2: Florence Muringi Wambugu, Founder, Director and the Chief Executive Officer of Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International (AHBFI), Kenya
Applying the gender lens to explore value chain in fish market participation
C-3: Toyin B. Ajibade, Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm management, University of Iloring, Nigeria
Promising ways for digital finance to address development challenges
C-4: Leesa Shrader, Program Director of the AgriFin Accelerate Program at Mercy Corps, Kenya
26 November 2020
12:00-13:20 D: Specialist session D (live webinar with Q&A)
Advancing educational evidence -based policies and practices to tackle gender inequalities in the agricultural sector
This plenary discusses tackling systemic inequalities and ways to address them at the intersections of education, extension and agriculture. In particular, it will discuss the important role of education in catalysing Africa’s youth to support and sustain paradigm shifts in gender relations, especially in STEM, the need for gender-responsive teaching methods, the need for gender transformative extension systems and how to engage men and boys for gender equality.

Chair: Rita Bissoonauth, Head -African Union/International Center Girls and Womens' Education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA) at African Union Commission

Ikmat Olanrewaju Junaid, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Education, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Laila Barnaba Lokosang, CAADP Advisor (Food & Nutrition Security), Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission
Alice A. Oluko-Odingo, Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi
Annie Kamka Kyakimwa, Co-founder of Annahgreen RDC.Comp
• Rovani Sigamoney, Engineering Programme Specialist, Division of Science Policy and Capacity-building, Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO
13:30-14:50 3-1: Plenary session 3 (live webinar with Q&A)
Building Editorial Board Inclusion in Africa
Editorial board diversity is critical in every field of research and too often represents a blind spot in academic publishing. As the curators and leaders of research, editors need to reflect a rich diversity of perspectives to be truly relevant, equitable and inclusive. They are the role models for the next generation and have a significant responsibility to attract new research and reviewers. But what does this mean in the African context and specifically, in the field of agricultural in a climate-changing world? How can we do this in an investigative, consultative, and engagement-driven way? This panel will share interventions and issues explored by NEF, Elsevier and IDRC.

Chair: Ylann Schemm, Director, Elsevier Foundation

Jemimah Njuki, Director for Africa, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
James Kigera, Editor in Chief, Annals of African Surgery, University of Nairobi Medical School
Roseanne Diab, Director, Gender InSITE
Tom Thayer
, Executive Publisher, Elsevier
14:50 M1: Making music: Performance by musicians from the Art of Music Foundation, Kenya
All musical performances for GS18 are available on our YouTube channel playlist.
30 November 2020
12:00-12:15 6-1: Keynote session 6 (live webinar with Q&A)
The cross cutting benefits of mainstreaming gender research into development policies and interventions
Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director, Portia, and founder of the Gender Summit platform
14:00-16:00 T-1: Training session 1 (live webinar with Q&A)
Science, sex and gender: the consequences of inequalities, biases and gaps in knowledge
Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director, Portia and founder of the Gender Summit platform
14:00-16:00 T-2: Training session 2 (live webinar with Q&A)
Crafting Solutions to Create Successful Pathways for African Women in Science
Mary Thompson-Hall, Senior Program Specialist, START International
Phyllis Kalele, GenderInSITE
16:00-17:45 Plenary session 5 (live webinar with Q&A)
Accepting biological (male-female) and socio-cultural (gender) characteristics as research variables and as determinants of unequal outcomes
Climate change can negatively impact on food production by, for example, disrupting the reproduction and maturation processes of crops grown for food. Gender-sensitive research (the concept subsumes the biological element) utilises multidisciplinary approaches to identify which biological processes and conditions help improve resilience and sustainability of a crop, and translates this understanding to inform and improve agricultural practices for the benefit of farming communities, and women in particular.

Chair: Hale Ann Tufan, co-Director GREAT, Department of Global Development, Cornell University, USA

Integrating gender and social difference in rice breeding
P5-1: Ranjitha Puskur, Research Lead - Gender and Livelihoods, International Rice Research Institute, Kenya
Gender in poultry breeding
P5-2: Alessandra Galiè, Senior Social Scientist, Gender, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
Understanding economic and poverty impacts of biological insect pest control
P5-3: Beatrice W. Muriithi, Postdoctoral Fellow, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) Kenya
1 December 2020
13:30-14:50 Plenary session 6 (live webinar with Q&A)
The role of gendered indigenous and local knowledge: empowering citizens as knowledge makers
The session will focus on mechanisms for financing gender and agriculture research and development. It will include gender budgeting which has become a recognized approach to use fiscal policy and administration to address gender inequality and promote women’s advancement. This session will also discuss gaps and opportunities for financing gender and agriculture and for financial inclusion of women by the public and private sector to improve socio-economic wellbeing of women farmers and those in the agricultural value chain.

Chair: Ayansina Ayanlade, Lecturer, Department of Geography, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

• Gender attitudes and barriers to climate change adaptation among small-holder fish farmers
Chatsika Madalisto, Researcher, Aquaculture and Fisheries Science Department, LUNAR, Malawi
• Mitigating climate change impacts on food security from the oceans
Nancy Githaiga, Head of Conservation Programmes, WWF Kenya
• Challenges and problems that climate change has caused for indigenous people in Africa: the case of Maasai pastoralist women and girls.
Agnes Leina, Founder and executive director of Il'laramatak Community Concerns, Kenya
• Working with underserved communities to combat climate change using citizen science and indigenous knowledge systems.
Margaret Macherera, Senior Lecturer, Lupane State University, Zimbabwe
2 December 2020
12:00-13:20 Plenary session 7 (live webinar with Q&A)
Improving gender equity in economic and technological inclusion of women and underserved groups in agriculture-oriented services
The session will focus on the economics of gender research and gender-sensitive interventions for development. It will include analyses of production and value chains, co-benefits and trade-offs in development strategies to tackle gender inequality and promote women’s advancement through policy and regulations.

Chair: Nathalie Gahunga, Chief Gender Specialist, African Development Bank

• Participation in and gains from traditional vegetable value chains: A gendered analysis of perceptions of labour, income and expenditure in producers’ and traders’ households
P7-1: Gundula Fischer, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Tanzania
• Bringing together key players across the entire value chain
P7-2: Rocio A. Diaz-Chavez, Deputy Director for Research and Energy and Climate Change Programme Leader, Stockholm Environmental Institute, Kenya
• Gender Inclusive Vaccine Ecosystem
P7-3: Salome Bukachi, Social-medical Anthropologist, Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya
14:00-15:20 Plenary session 8 (live webinar with Q&A)
Where do we go from here? Responding to the realities of gender-sensitive development in agricultural, food, and related sectors
The session will look at the obstacles, needs and opportunities to integrate gender considerations more fully into development strategies to push forward gender knowledge into sustainable and equitable policies in Africa.
Chair: Dorothy Nyambi, CEO, MEDA, Canada

• UN WOMEN Count and advancing administrative sources of data for monitoring gender-specific SDGs in Africa
P8-1: Isabella Schmidt, Statistics Specialist, UN WOMEN, Kenya
• Conceptualizing, establishing and coordinating multi-stakeholder involvement in research programs. AIMS and NEF shaping the ecosystem
P8-2: Marian Asantewah Nkansah, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana, and Global Young Academy
• Collective empowerment through integrated investments in social, human, financial, cultural, natural, physical and political capitals
P8-3: Annet Abenakyo Mulema, Sociologist, International Livestock Research Institute, Ethiopia
• Rapporteurs comments
Maria Nassuna-Musoke, Makarere University, Uganda
15:20-15:35 FINAL REMARKS: Connecting research to societal need for a better future for all
Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director, Portia and founder of the Gender Summit platform
15:35 Making music: Performance by musicians from the Art of Music Foundation, Kenya
All musical performances for GS18 are available on our YouTube channel playlist.