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Agricultural innovation & Gender Equality: discourses and practices in Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D)

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 explore the relationship between gender equality and agricultural innovation across 13 countries from South Asia, Africa and Latin America as a first step to unpack the dominant discourse on women’s empowerment and gender equality in the AR4D sector.

To what extent is the relationship between agricultural innovation and gender equality positive or mutually supportive?
Research question

Type of research activities

The student will contribute to develop a literature review paper on agricultural innovation and gender equality. It is expected that the student critically analyzes the literature and adapts it to its own interests. Based on the student’s interest and quality of work, it is expected the student co-authors all publications derived from this project.


  • The student should be enrolled in a BSc in any study programme within the school of Social Sciences.
  • Be fluent in English. Additional language skills are welcomed.
  • Proficiency 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.