7-16 August 2017. In the joint Cornell and Makerere University project Gender-responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT), researchers learn how to identify the needs of women and men when setting priorities, implementing projects, and measuring and communicating project outcomes. They also broaden their understanding of the integral role of gender in their work as scientists and agricultural development professionals.
Participating research teams in the grains course come from Niger, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Zambia and Madagascar.
The teams will focus on pressing challenges in Africa, including:
- cereal grains production within the Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Maiduguri, Nigeria;
- building cereal grain resiliency in changing climates in Niger and Tanzania;
- and sustaining maize, cowpea, rice and sorghum productivity in Ghana, Zambia, Tanzania and Madagascar.
- They address grain-breeding issues ranging from improving productivity and preserving genetic diversity to protecting against plant disease.
- Subsequent trainings will be offered in small ruminant breeding, and dairy and legume value chains.
- They receive support from an e-learning module of resources on the GREAT course website.
- A second week of training on data analysis, interpretation and advocacy is scheduled for Jan. 15-19, 2018, at Makerere.
- For sustainability, GREAT will create a center of excellence for gender-responsive agricultural training at Makerere, and the GREAT curriculum will be integrated into short courses and agriculture degree programs there.