GS18 Programme

Agriculture through the Gender Lens: From Surviving to Thriving in a Climate Changing World
8 and 9 March, 2020 Crowne Plaza Nairobi, Kenya

Day 1: Expert and practitioner perspectives to advance scientific research in Africa
Day 2: Effective policy frameworks and multi-stakeholder cooperation to maximise benefits of science endeavours in Africa for Africa

Day 1 : 8th March 2020

 8:45–9:10 Opening Ceremony
Investing in Africa’s scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency to plan for a climate secure and inclusive world 
 9:10–9:30 Funder Addresses
 9:40–10:00 Keynote 1
The many benefits of examining science knowledge making from a gender perspective
 10:00–11:30 Scientific Plenary Panel 1
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.
 11:30–11:45  Break, Networking, Exhibition Viewing
 11:45–11:50  Exhibit Power Talk 1: Youth leading agriculture transformation in Africa
 11:50–12:00  Keynote 2 – Developing and applying new gender analysis methods for agriculture research in Africa
 12:00–13:20 Scientific Plenary Panel 2
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.
 13:20–14:20 Lunch, Networking, Exhibition Viewing
 14:20–15:50 Parallel Panel 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.
 14:20–15:50 Parallel Panel B: 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.
 16:00–17:30 Parallel Panel C: Building intersectionality into agriculture research and development: building bridges between science and society
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 how to conceptualise intersectionality within agriculture research and development, seeking to recognize that age, ethnicity, education, status group, sexuality, rural/urban, and gender, among others, impact on what research questions are asked and how knowledge is produced, applied and communicated.
 16:00–17:30 Parallel Panel D: 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.
 17:30–18:00 Closing of Day
Brief remarks and a cultural event
 18:00–19:00 Networking with cocktails

Day 2 : 9th March 2020

9:00–9:10 Housekeeping
9:10–9:25 Keynote 2 – Guest of Honour
9:25–9:40 Keynote 3
9:40–10:40 Ministerial Panel: Setting up for success - Gender and Agriculture Policy
Feature nations/regional bodies that are exemplary at integrating gender into the agriculture policy process.
This panel will span across local, national and regional policies.
10:40–10:45 Exhibit Power Talk 2
10:45-11:45 Policy Plenary Panel 1: 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 catalyzing 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.
11:45–12:00 Break, Networking, Exhibition Viewing
12:00–12:05 Exhibit Power Talk 3
12:05–13:30 Policy Plenary Panel 2: The role of gendered indigenous and local knowledge: empowering citizens as knowledge makers
How do we promote ‘citizen science’ in agriculture and create new ways of doing research where those who hold indigenous knowledge and are the potential ‘end-users’ of new methods, especially women, are included in the process of defining and framing the research problem, and in the development of solutions? How can we ensure that indigenous and local knowledge is not tokenized and is truly incorporated into policy, research, and innovation in the agriculture sector?
13:30–14:30 Lunch, Networking, Exhibition Viewing
14:30–16:00 Plenary Policy Panel 3: Financing the agriculture and gender agenda: Gender equity in budgeting for financial inclusion of women and underserved groups in agricultural services
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.
16:00–16:05 Exhibit Power Talk 4
16:05–17:45 Plenary Panel 4: Where do we go from here? Responding to the realities of climate change within the agricultural sector for a food secure future
Look at the detrimental consequences of climate change to the agricultural system as it stands, opportunities to integrate gender considerations more fully to combat its negative impacts, and ways forward to ensure we promote a sustainable and equitable agriculture sector for all across Africa.
17:45–18:00 Closing Remarks