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Celebrating Women in Agriculture

Welcome to our special edition newsletter that celebrates the centenary of International Women’s Day. This event, which is held annually on 8 March, recognizes the achievements of women around the globe. Today is a day for celebrating women’s successes while also reminding ourselves that there is still much to be done if we are to address the gender inequalities and other hardships that some women continue to face on a daily basis.

In this issue, our Youth in Agriculture series highlights two young scientists who are working to empower women farmers: Jemimah Njuki in Kenya and Alessandra Galié in Syria. We would also like to honour the six other women we’ve highlighted so far in this series by turning the spotlight once again on the great work they are carrying out in their respective fields:

We also bring you news from an initiative that we supported way back in 2004 as part of the ICT-KM Program’s first Investment Plan. Find out how rural women in the semi-arid tropics are using a virtual academy to overcome pests and drought.

On a more sombre note, our involvement in the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) shows us how climate change is plunging smallholder farmers, many of them women, into the cycle of poverty.

Last but not least, there’s our tribute to Jean Hanson, a pioneer and an innovator who recently retired after working in genebank management and the conservation of diversity for more than 30 years.

Happy International Women’s Day to all women wherever you are!

Enrica Porcari
Leader, ICT-KM Program and Chief Information Officer, CGIAR

Growing Talents: Youth in Agriculture #10 – Alessandra Galié

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Our “Growing Talents: Youth in Agriculture” series of interviews, which puts a face to the youth in agricultural research for development (ARD), hears their voices and obtains an insight into their roles, perspectives, experiences and aspirations, continues with Alessandra Galié. This social scientist has helped increase the visibility of many of Syria’s women farmers and […]

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Growing Talents: Youth in Agriculture #9 – Jemimah Njuki

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Our “Growing Talents: Youth in Agriculture” series of interviews, which puts a face to the youth in agricultural research for development (ARD), hears their voices and obtains an insight into their roles, perspectives, experiences and aspirations, continues with Jemimah Njuki. This young social scientist talks about her work that is empowering African women farmers. This […]

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Women overcoming the effects of drought and pests through a virtual academy

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Back in 2004, as part of our first Investment Plan, we supported an idea from the  International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to establish a system for innovative knowledge sharing with regard to drought preparedness through a Virtual Academy for the Semi-Arid Tropics (VASAT) involving advances in ICTs coupled with Open Distance Learning […]

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It’s all in the genes – A tribute to Jean Hanson

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According to Wikipedia, “A gene is a unit of heredity in a living organism. Genes hold the information to build and maintain an organism’s cells and pass genetic traits to offspring…” We can use this as a metaphor for the necessary changes that have to take place within people and institutes so that they can do a […]

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