The CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research is hosting the webinar ‘GENNOVATE, a qualitative comparative study on gender norms and agency in agricultural and environmental innovation – Study concepts and methodology’ on Thursday July 12. The webinar is organized in collaboration with GENNOVATE.


GENNOVATE is a comparative qualitative study that focuses on how gender norms influence agricultural and natural resource management (NRM) processes, and how agricultural/NRM interventions can affect gender relations. The study that has been carried out by gender scientists across the CGIAR, in 26 countries and 137 communities. In discussion groups and individual interviews, more than 7,500 rural study participants of different socio-economic backgrounds and age groups reflect on and compare local women’s and men’s expected roles and behaviors — or gender norms — and how these social rules affect their ability to access, adopt, adapt, and benefit from innovations in agricultural and natural resource management.

Purpose of the webinar

In this webinar, two of GENNOVATE’s Principal Investigators will provide background on GENNOVATE and present the study methodology (, which consists of several different tools that engage participants in dynamic and reflexive ways. They will discuss some of the main tools and ways the methodology can be applied or adapted in other projects and initiatives to achieve more gender-responsive and gender-equitable Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D).

Webinar discussants

Anne Rietveld is a researcher at Bioversity International and gender focal point for the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas. She conducts and supports gender research and gender integration in Bioversity’s work on banana-based systems. She is a Principal Investigator for GENNOVATE. Anne holds BSc and MSc degree from Wageningen University in International Development studies, specializing in Rural Sociology and Farming Systems. She’s currently pursuing a PhD at the Farming System Ecology group at Wageningen University. Her research focuses on gender in relation to farming systems, sustainability and banana production and value chains in Africa.

Marlène Elias is a Gender Specialist at Bioversity International and Gender Research Coordinator for the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. She leads gender research and supports gender integration in Bioversity’s work on forest genetic resources, working with fellow scientists to strengthen their capacities to conduct participatory, gender-responsive research. She is a member of GENNOVATE’s Executive Committee. Marlène has a BSc in Biology and Environmental Sciences, and an MA and PhD in Geography. Rooted in a feminist political ecology approach, her research focuses on gendered dimensions of forest management and restoration, local ecological knowledge(s), and forest/agri-food value chains, predominantly in West Africa and South and Central Asia.


Originally published in CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research

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