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Agricultural innovation & Gender Equality: discourses and practices in Agricultural Research for Development

Gender has been mainstreamed in organizations working on Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D). However, while gender advocates in the sector applaud these developments, critical voices warn about the perils of gender instrumentalization. This refers to using the empowerment discourse on women and girls as conduit for policies or for advancing specific interests without a profound commitment to gender equality.

In this call, we focus on the individual experiences of agricultural innovators and entrepreneurs from rural villages across Mexico, Nepal and Ethiopia to (a) shed light on gendered 'lived effects' related to innovation/entrepreneurship processes rarely captured or nuanced in AR4D studies; (b) help to identify common gender meta-narrative(s) across sites which could influence people’s capacities to innovate or enterprise; and (c) unpack the dominant discourse on women’s empowerment and gender equality in the AR4D sector.

In what ways the practices and experiences of local innovators and entrepreneurs challenge or support the discourse of a “virtuous upward spiral” between agricultural innovation, entrepreneurship and gender equality in Mexico, Nepal and Ethiopia?
Research question

Type of research activities

  • The student will contribute to critically analyze pertinent literature.
  • Help to systematically analyze the GENNOVATE  database across 13 developing countries using NVivo Software.
  • The student will use the analyzed data according to his/her own interests and, should his/her own interest relate to the data collected in Mexico, the student will accompany the Project lead to field visits in Mexico (final date to be determined but should take place in Autumn 2019).
  • Based on the student’s interest and quality of work, it is expected the student becomes a co-author in all publications derived from this project.

What is included in this call?

  • The student will be trained in NVivo software and will learn how to conduct systematic content analysis.
  • The project will cover all fieldwork costs, including travel, accommodation and upkeep,
  • and will ensure the student is adequately mentored and supervised.


  • The student should be enrolled in a Master's Degree in any study programme within the school of Social Sciences.
  • You should also be fluent in English and have at least intermediate level in Spanish. Additional language skills are welcomed.
  • You should also be proficient in Microsoft Office Package and have some working knowledge of qualitative softwares, in particular NVivo 11 (however this is not mandatory as training on NVivo will be provided).
  • The student should also be proactive and responsible, with a high degree of respect for cultural differences.