Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Resolving the Gender Empowerment Equation in agricultural research: A systems approach


Amare Tegbaru 1*, John FitzSimons 2, Holger Kirscht 3, Per Hillbur 4

Recieved Date: 2015-06-20, Accepted Date: 2015-09-18


The aim of this paper was to bridge the socio-technical divide in agricultural systems research by providing an approach that addresses marginalized groups, particularly rural women, and their access to and ownership of agricultural intensification processes. By revisiting social systems theory and the evolution of gender approaches in the CGIAR, the paper provides socio-spatial perspectives on gender supported by a landscape approach to innovation, agency and empowerment. A systems approach to empowerment is critical to make agricultural research-for-development gender transformative. The paper explores a more inclusive CGIAR systems research in the light of the ambitions to alleviate poverty, improve nutrition and income without compromising the long-term productivity of the natural environment. The empowering dimension of systems research is distinct from that of commodity focused value chain approaches and other traditional gender approaches within agriculture which have separated gender and development from systems thinking.


Gender, systems research, innovation, agency, empowerment

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2015
Volume: 13
Issue: 3&4
Category: Environment
Pages: 131-139

Full text for Subscribers

Note to users

The requested document is freely available only to subscribers/registered users with an online subscription to the Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment. If you have set up a personal subscription to this title please enter your user name and password. All abstracts are available for free.

Article purchasing

If you like to purchase this specific document such as article, review or this journal issue, contact us. Specify the title of the article or review, issue, number, volume and date of the publication. Software and compilation, Science & Technology, all rights reserved. Your use of this website details or service is governed by terms of use. Authors are invited to check from time to time news or information.

Purchase this Article:   20 Purchase PDF Order Reprints for 15

Share this article :