The Gender Mainstreaming Unit of EIAR holds a Seminar on Gender and Rice Research

 

The Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) in collaboration with the Project for Functional Enhancement of the National Rice Research and Training Center (EthioRice) held a seminar on gender and rice research on 12thDecember 2017 at EIAR HQs premise. The main aim of the seminar was to enhance gender mainstreaming in rice research through sharing experiences, discussing various possibilities and practical approaches that can be applied in gender sensitive and responsive rice research.

The Crop Research Director of EIAR, Dr Eshetu Derso, while opening the seminar, told the participants that mainstreaming gender in agricultural research in general and that of the rice research in particular is very essential to effectively address the technology requirements of different segments of the community including men, women and the youth, so that the technologies and information generated are be able to largely gratify their differentiated needs and problems. Mr. Kiyoshi Shiratory, coordinator of the Project for Functional Enhancement of the National Rice Research and Training Center (EthioRice) offered a short brief on outline activities of the projects and how gender is significance in rice research and technology transfer to improve food security. He also said that the projects is currently working to enhance the capacity of Fogera Rice Research and Training Center (FRRTC) towards developing appropriate improved rice varieties, availing technical information and building the capacity of clients in rice development sector.

Mr. Derese Teshome, Director of Technology Transfer and Commercialization Research Directorate of EIAR, shared in his presentation the status, progress and experience of gender mainstreaming in EIAR. He explained that formal gender mainstreaming in agricultural research and women’s participation in technology development and transfer was commenced in EIAR, when the first gender sensitization workshop held in 1999 at EIAR. Since then identification and integration of gender issues in various areas of research activities has been progressively enhanced from time to time due to the attention given by top management bodies, incessant capacity building trainings and improved organizational environment through awareness creation events.

Dr. Annet Abanakiyo, ILRI gender specialist, while she shared the experiences and trajectories of gender mainstreaming in CG centers and outside the CG Centers, emphasized that gender is not the sole responsibility of gender specialists, but it is the responsibility of each and every one in the research and development system. Apart from this, cases on lessons of gender mainstreaming were presented and discussed based on the experiences of FACASI and gender responsive EthioRice research and the result of field level survey on gender issues in rice production.

Finally, a panel was held and discussed the possible areas of mainstreaming gender in rice research and the next steps to enhance the integration of gender issues in rice research and benefit substantially the clients by accounting their household type, gender roles and division of labor, resource base, differentiated needs and problems. In addressing the clients felt needs, the generation of data disaggregated by sex and gender will play a significant role in making the research process more responsive to gender issues. In the seminar, researchers from agricultural research institutes and gender experts of MoANR and JICA were in attendance.