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Open Call for Case Studies for the “Gender, Breeding and Genomics” Workshop

Organized by the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network’s Gender and Breeding working group

Submission deadline: May 15, 2016

You are invited to submit an abstract for a Case Study of plant or animal breeding that has successfully incorporated gender considerations into its strategies and end products, demonstrating attention to contrasting needs and preferences of men and women end users (producers or consumers).

A small number of case study authors will be invited to present their study at the workshop “Gender, Breeding and Genomics” that will take place at a venue (to be confirmed), in Nairobi, Kenya from October 18- 21, 2016. Travel and accommodation expenses for the authors of selected case studies will be covered by the workshop organizers. Authors of other cases of interest to the workshop may be contacted with respect to inclusion of the case in a book-length or journal publication and/or presentation of a poster at the Workshop. See below for details on how to submit a case study.


Formed in 2012, the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network is composed of researchers engaged with social science research on gender in agriculture and natural resource management across the fifteen global CGIAR Research Programs. The Gender and Breeding Working Group provides an opportunity for collaborative work across CGIAR and its partner breeding programs. The group seeks to catalyze knowledge sharing (KS) within the CGIAR Research Programs about practical approaches that help breeding programs to better take gender differences into account.

Workshop Objectives

The workshop aims to identify the essential, “must have” ingredients of successful, gender- responsive breeding initiatives and to explore implications of the revolution in genomics for new opportunities and entry points in the breeding research cycle for effective integration of gender.

The workshop objectives are to

1) Identify implications of the revolution in genomics for new opportunities and new entry points in the breeding research cycle for effective integration of gender

2) Analyse the types of research needed for breeding programs to define and address a target population of gender-differentiated beneficiaries and not only a target population of biophysical environments

3) Identify ways to improve gender-responsiveness and impact by sharing and harmonizing methods and approaches across commodities and regions

4) Learn from and build on successful cases

5) Identify gaps in the way in which Universities prepare breeders and social scientists to work together to ameliorate difficulties in properly addressing end user needs


Please visit this page for more detailed program information.

How to Submit a Case Study

To complement specialized and invited talks, we are looking for presentations of a small number of Case Studies in plant or animal breeding, of successful integration of gender responsive strategies both in conventional breeding and in breeding programs making use of genomic selection.

To submit a Case Study you are requested to send a Case Study Abstract (max 500 words) on or before the deadline of May 15, 2016 using the online submission form (or if you have difficulty with the online submission, by email to, subject line: Gender and breeding workshop: case study abstract submission)

Case study abstract: please fill in the form below or via this link if you are unable to access the form

Abstract submission requirements (500 words max). Please use the following questions as guidance for your submission

1) At what stage of the breeding cycle did you identify gender-differentiated preferences for one or more traits and what were these preferences?

2) How was this done?

3) Which changes in the structure of the breeding programs did you make to address those differences?

4) In case your breeding program is based on genomic selection, which specific genomic tool(s) was (were) used to address gender-differentiated preferences?

5) What were the final outputs in terms of products and their uptake by men and/or women users, and what benefits (e.g. improved food security, income) did different user groups obtain as a result?

Case study selection process

A committee will select suitable cases for

  • Inclusion as a Case study presenter in the workshop’s program (travel expenses will be provided by the workshop organizers for those author(s) whose case studies have been selected for presentation at the workshop).
  • Poster presentation at the workshop
  • Follow-up by the workshop organizers on authors’ interest in writing up the case for publication

Cases of interest for the workshop or publication will demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics

  • Well-conceived strategies for identification of gender-differentiated user groups and for understanding their needs and preferences
  • Innovations or adaptations of the objectives, strategies and structure of the breeding program that were effective for targeting different needs and preferences
  • Creative applications of tools and methods and/or combinations of disciplinary approaches and/or involvement of different types of actor in the process
  • Effective strategies for obtaining feedback from producers and other types of user or customer
  • A marketing or extension approach that delivered effectively products well-tailored to gender-differentiated preferences
  • A thorough understanding of the benefits captured by different types or groups of men and women end users

Note: We recognize that breeding programs will be at different stages in this process and not all will have completed all the steps outlined above.  Case study authors may choose to write a case in order to highlight one or more steps. Authors of suitable case studies, selected for presentation will be contacted with further information by May 15, 2016.