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CIMMYT Gender Capacity Strengthening Programme

Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mexico
18 months

This programme aimed to shape the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center – or CIMMYT – into a gender-responsive research and learning institution. It equipped staff with skills to conduct gender-responsive research to improve agricultural productivity, food security, and research-for-development outcomes for women and men farmers.

250 staff trained

KIT developed a six-module training programme for CIMMYT researchers and managers to support the design and implementation of gender-responsive agriculture research for development. The KIT team delivered a multi-day training  to 250 CIMMYT research and programme staff in seven county offices.

Topics included

For this assignment, KIT reviewed, adapted and revised CIMMYT’s initial curricula for its Gender Capacity Strengthening Programme. We developed a conceptual framework of gender in agriculture research for development. And we adopted a multi-faceted, adult-centred learning approach that draws on CIMMYT experiences with integrating gender in agriculture research for development.


The project increased the capacity of CIMMYT staff to design and implement gender-responsive agriculture research for development so that its technologies address the needs of both women and men farmers and that they benefit both equally.

Watch this testimonial to the CIMMYT Gender Capacity Strengthening Programme!

Services delivered

  • Training, Coaching & Education

    KIT Royal Tropical Institute provides tailor-made training to clients such as educational and research institutes, NGOs and local or national governments and ministries across the globe. Our programmes are specifically designed to address the unique objectives and capacities of the requesting organisation. For example, one of the challenges faced by an NGO in Afghanistan was how to effectively reach women in its programme as well as how to recruit and retain female staff. KIT designed a training on gender mainstreaming and health governance to address this and other challenges faced by the NGO.  We also offers Masters programmes and advanced courses designed to equip health professionals with the skills and expertise necessary to address public health challenges around the world. By bringing together people from different countries and regions, KIT’s international courses create a forum for linking and exchanging experiences among a broad range of development practitioners.  Finally, through training, consultancy and coaching services, KIT’s Intercultural Professionals unit provides a comprehensive approach to effective intercultural communication and cooperation. By demonstrating the value of cultural awareness and sensitivity, culture-specific insights and intercultural competencies, Intercultural Professionals helps NGOs, governments, corporate entities, leaders & professionals to enhance their business offering and integrate inclusive policies into their global or local operations.