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

At the request of the Kenyan government, GS18 has been postponed due to concerns over COVID-19.
People who registered will be contacted by email.
We apologise for the late notice.

Day 0 : 7th March 2020 - Pre-events (by invitation only)

Workshop: Gender Dimension in Research (Portia)

Day 1 : 8th March 2020 - Expert and practitioner perspectives to advance scientific research in Africa

 8:45–9:00 Opening Ceremony
 9:00–10:00 Funder Addresses
Chair: Eliane Ubalijoro, Professor of Practice, McGill University & Deputy Executive Director (Programmes) at Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Secretariat
Lisa Stadelbauer
, 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
Katrin Hagemann, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Kenya
Kathryn Toure,Regional Director, Eastern and Southern Africa, for Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Miyoko Watanabe, Executive Director and Director of Office for Diversity and Inclusiveness, Japan Science and Technology Agency
 10:00–11:15 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.
Chair: Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Director of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD).

Gendered experiences with irrigation technology in Northern Ethiopia
Annapia Debarry , Research fellow in the Department of Development Geography at the University of Bonn
Gender and water security: lessons from the REACH programme
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
Juliet Kariuki, Research Scientist, University of Hohenheim (Germany)
Food & nutrition security for female focused smallholder farmers using locally available environmentally friendly material.
Caroline Mulinya, Senior Lecturer of Geography and Director in charge of international relations and academic linkages at Kaimosi Friends University
 11:15–11:45  Break, Networking, Exhibition Viewing
 11:45–12:00 Keynote 1
Developing and applying new gender analysis methods for agriculture research in Africa
Jemimah Njuki, International Development Research Centre, Canada

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.
Chair: Hale Ann Tufan, co-Director GREAT, Department of Global Development, Cornell University, USA
• Tackling food and nutrition security in the household
Nancy Madigu, Health Research Scientist, Nestle, Kenya
• Integrated approaches to improving livelihoods through livestock, including the strengthening of links between disciplines
Karen Marshal, Research Scientist, International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya
• Integrating gender and social difference in rice breeding
Ranjitha Puskur, Research Lead - Livelihoods, Gender and Nutrition Sustainable Impact Platform, Kenya
• Gender in poultry breeding
Alessandra Galiè, Senior Social Scientist, Gender, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
• Understanding economic and poverty impacts of biological insect pest control
Beatrice W. Muriithi, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) Kenya

 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.
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
Alima Bawah, Co-Founder, COO, CowTribe, Ghana
• Improving women’s use of mobile technologies for economic empowerment
Grace Nanyonjo, Gender Specialist, National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), Uganda
• Digitising food systems in developing economies
Linet Kwamboka, Founder and CEO at DataScience LTD, Kenya
• Transforming food security with magnetic refrigeration
Winifred Mueni Mulwa, Computational Physics Researcher, Department of Physics, Egerton University
• Creating ICTs for development, public policy and regulations
Aminata Garba, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Africa
 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.
Chair: Mary Thompson-Hall, Senior Programme Specialist, START, USA

Uptake of climate-smart agriculture through gender intersectionality lens
Catherine Mungai, Partnerships and Policy Engagement Specialist for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in East Africa
Gender perspective on crop diversification and productivity among small-holder farms
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
Maria G. Ogunnaike, Research Scientist, Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
Strengthening the economic and nutritional value of fish at household, community, and regional levels.
Mexford Mulumpwa, Fisheries Research Officer in Department of Fisheries under Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Water Development
 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.
Chair: Salome Bukachi, Social-medical Anthropologist, Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya

• Collective empowerment through integrated investments in social, human, financial, cultural, natural, physical and political capitals
Annet Abenakyo Mulema, Sociologist, International Livestock Research Institute, Ethiopia
• Challenging harmful masculinities through engagement with men for lasting positive structural and cultural change
Philip Eric Otieno Owitti, Executive Director, Men for Gender Equality Now, Kenya
• Intersectionality in African research, grant-making and human capital development: a snapshot of the literature
Heidi van Rooyen, Executive Director, Human and Social Development at Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
• Mainstreaming gender into climate change policies in Africa
Mary Nyasimi, Project Manager, Inclusive Climate Change Adaptation for a Sustainable Africa (ICCASA)
 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.

Chair: Esther Njuguna, Senior Coordinator, International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

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
Vanessa Adams, Vice-President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Advancing biotechnology to increase food production in Africa
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
Toyin B. Ajibade, Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm management, University of Iloring, Nigeria
Ecopreneurship for environmental wellbeing
Janet Kabeberu Macharia, Head, Gender and Social Safeguards Unit at UNEP
Promising ways for digital finance to address development challenges
Leesa Shrader
, Program Director of the AgriFin Accelerate Program at Mercy Corps
 17:30–18:15 Plenary 3: 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
Tom Thayer,
Executive Publisher, Elsevier
Jemimah Njuki,
Senior Program Specialist at Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Anita de Waard, VP Research Collaborations, Elsevier
James Kigera, Editor-in-Chief
, Annals of African Surgery
 18:15–19:30  Networking with cocktails, and making music the Art of Music Foundation, Kenya

Day 2 : 9th March 2020 - Effective policy frameworks and multi-stakeholder cooperation to maximise benefits of science endeavours in Africa for Africa

8:45–9:00 Introduction to Day 2
Romeo Essou
, Vice President and Chief Programs Officer, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) | Global Secretariat
9:00–9:20 Keynote 2 – Guest of Honour
Jean Lebel
, President IDRC
9:20–9:40 Keynote 3
Katja Becker
, President German Research Foundation (DFG) (through video)
9:40–10:00 The cross cutting benefits of mainstreaming gender research into development policies and interventions
Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director, Portia and founder Gender Summit
10:00–10:25 Break, Networking, Exhibition Viewing
10:25–10:30 Exhibit Power Talk 2
GODAN: building high-level policy, and public and private institutional support for open data
Kiringai Kamau, GODAN’s Programme for Capacity Development in Africa, Kenya
10:30–12:00 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 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
Alice Auma Ochada, Programme Specialist, UNESCO
12:00–13:00 Lunch, Networking, Exhibition Viewing
13:00–13:05 Exhibit Power Talk 3
Black soldier fly farming
Winnie Njeri Mburu
, Project Assistant, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, Kenya
13:05–14:30 Policy Plenary Panel 2: 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: Charity Osei-Amponsah, CSIR-Science and Technology Policy Research Institute, Ghana

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
Alice Ruhweza, Africa Executive Director, WWF International, 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.
Maragaret Macherera, Senior Lecturer, Lupane State University, Zimbabwe
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.
Chair: Dana El Hassan, Senior Gender Specialist, African Development Bank, Kenya

Transforming food production and consumption practices for positive and equitable outcomes
Sara Mbago-Bhunu, Director East and Southern Africa Division of IFAD, Kenya
Mainstreaming gender into agriculture and climate change governments policies and strategies transformation in Rwanda,
Jules Kazungu, Regional Research Centre for Integrated Development (RCID) Rwanda
Bringing together key players across the entire value chain
Susan Steffen, Director, Pan Africa Program, Global Affairs Canada
Resolving the tensions and interdependencies between bioenergy and agriculture
Rocio A. Diaz-Chavez
, Deputy Director for Research and Energy and Climate Change Programme Leader, Stockholm Environmental Institute, Kenya
16:00–16:15 Break, Networking
16:15–16:20 Exhibit Power Talk 4
A proven ecosystem model for environment friendly, sustainable, and inclusive food production by women farmers
Patricia Zoundi Yao
, Founder, Canaan land, Cote d’Ivoire
16:20–17:50 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.
Chair: Elizabeth Pollitzer , Director Portia and founder of Gender Summit®

Advancing gender dimensions to improve quality of research, gender balance in participation, and sustainability of outcomes
Nicoline C De Haan, Gender Research Coordinator CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya
Advancing methodology of intersectionality in funding scientific programmes
Dorothy Ngila, NRF and Sonja Ochsenfeld-Repp, DFG, South Africa and Germany
UN WOMEN Count and advancing administrative sources of data for monitoring gender-specific SDGs in Africa
Isabella Schmidt, Statistics Specialist, UN WOMEN, Kenya
Conceptualizing, establishing and coordinating multi-stakeholder involvement in research programs. AIMS and NEF shaping the ecosystem
Rosita Yocgo, Scientist, and Research Manager at AIMS, Rwanda
Shaping a gender sensitive research for SDGs with the Global Young Academy
Marian Asantewah Nkansah, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana, and Global Young Academy
17:50–18:00 Closing Remarks