A woman and child going fishing using homemade baskets in Zambia

Gender equality, besides being a fundamental human right, is essential to achieve peaceful societies, with full human potential and sustainable development. Women and girls represent half of the world’s population, which equates to half of its potential. Hence, society would benefit if women and men are given equal opportunities that add value to their contributions.

IITA understands that its vision to reduce hunger, poverty, and malnutrition that can be attained partly through increase in the yield of important staples, can only happen when gender concerns are taken seriously. Hence, IITA supports and promotes gender research to help policymakers and governments take the right interventions to solve gender-related issues.

The IITA gender team envisions having an innovative and diverse network of scientists in IITA to strengthen the quality and visibility of gender research through dialogue, cooperation, and influencing the delivery agenda of the Institute. According to the Gender Science Network, “The team has the goal of becoming a vibrant community of practice for gender research, its communication, and impact.”

The strengthened gender research at IITA, as well as its gender-based policies are expected to contribute to the Institute’s vision of transforming Africa’s agriculture.

GENDER Research Team

Cole, Steven (Team lead) Senior Scientist Gender Specialist
Olaosebikan, Olamide Senior Research Associate
Teeken, Bela Associate social and gender scientist
Fischer, Gundula Social Scientist and Gender Expert
Kipo, Jimah Gender specialist

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