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Researchers reveal factors responsible for Tilapia consumption preferences of low-income consumers in Egypt

Researchers reveal factors responsible for Tilapia consumption preferences of low-income consumers in Egypt

Egypt is among the top aquaculture producers globally, and tilapia alone accounts for 47.7% of the country’s per capita fish supply, 55.1% of fish production, and 68.6% of total aquaculture production. The growth of tilapia production increased rapidly in the last four years, following the release of the genetically improved Nile tilapia strain to Egyptian…

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Adoption of gender-responsive approaches towards research on pest and disease management

Adoption of gender-responsive approaches towards research on pest and disease management

Studies have shown that adopting a gender perspective while conducting agronomic research and extension work provides more efficient approaches to managing pests and diseases at the field level. This is because women and men farmers often play different roles in agricultural production. Women possess different knowledge levels about pests and diseases and are differently involved…

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Biofortified cassava processed into gari.

Biofortified cassava: Researchers call for gender-responsive strategies to improve food and nutrition security and reduce poverty in Nigeria

Market demand is a key driver of the production of biofortified cassava for male adopters and farmers. However, for women, consumer acceptance, preference, and market coupled with the health benefits of biofortified cassava—mainly targeting children and pregnant women—are the motivation for adopting and processing.  A study to identify gender-based constraints affecting the production, processing, and marketing activities of biofortified cassava in Oyo and Benue states has established this fact. The study carried out by researchers from IITA, Association of Uganda Professional Women in Agriculture and Environment (AUPWAE) Gender and Development…

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The gender equity gap: An inside look at vegetable producers and traders in northern and central Tanzania

The gender equity gap: An inside look at vegetable producers and traders in northern and central Tanzania

Researchers have found that female vegetable farmers and traders in northern Tanzania earn less than their male counterparts while providing the same amount of labor, highlighting the need for more effort to tackle gender inequalities in agriculture. A study published in The European Journal of Development Research (February 2020) analyzed how gender inequality has affected…

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Meeting with staff and exhibition of IITA's work with partners

DG meets with staff; looks at IITA’s work with partners

During the meeting with staff, the DG discussed issues of gender, youth in agriculture, staff welfare, and career development. “Consider yourself as part of the global staff and that you are an ambassador of IITA right from your communities to the airport. IITA stands in good shape with your support,” remarked Sanginga. Following an overview…

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Picture of A farmer standing next to an Africa RISING demonstration plot in Malawi. Photo by K. Lopez, IITA.

Africa RISING success story – Unraveling links between gender and adoption of agricultural innovations: Insights from communities in Malawi

The successful scaling out of agronomic practices and technologies demands that scientists and development partners consider gender issues at the household and community level (and beyond).

Presentation on gender responsiveness in Tanzanian policies ignites heated debate among policymakers

A presentation on the findings of a recent study on gender integration in agriculture and natural resources in Tanzania spurred a heated debate among the country’s policymakers and clearly showed that their understanding of gender issues was limited. One of the key follow up actions agreed upon was a request by the Tanzania Parliament for…

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Building capacity of IITA gender scientists to analyze qualitative data

The story behind the numbers is as important as the numbers themselves. However, analysis of qualitative data collected in terms of stories and narratives is not an easy task compared to the more straightforward analysis of quantitative data.

Maize value chain holds gender mainstreaming workshop for partners in Nigeria

A three-day workshop on gender mainstreaming in the SARD-SC maize value chain was conducted at the Kaduna State Agricultural Development Project (KADP) Headquarters, Kaduna, Nigeria, during the last quarter of 2016 with key stakeholders in attendance. The workshop aimed to enhance gender-sensitive technology development and dissemination to boost productivity and income of a broad segment of targeted…

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Picture of Margaret Mangheni of Makerere University in Uganda and Hale Tufan of Cornell University co-lead the GREAT training course in Uganda. Photo by D. Torrington, Cornell.

Training agricultural researchers to be more gender-responsive

Peter Kulakow, IITA breeder and Elizabeth Parkes, HarvestPlus breeder are part of a 16-person training panel for 11 teams of 33 researchers from four continents participating in a training on “Gender Responsive Root, Tuber, and Banana Breeding,” 12-21 September in Kampala, Uganda.

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