CIMMYT Gender Capacity Strengthening Programme


The CIMMYT Gender Capacity Strengthening Programme intended to shape CIMMYT into a gender-responsive research and learning institution. The aim was to equip staff with the appropriate skills to conduct gender responsive research to positively contribute to enhanced agricultural productivity, food security, and research-for-development outcomes for women and men farmers.

Training programme

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

  • Primer to Gender-responsive Research in AR4D
  • Addressing Gender Issues in the Workplace
  • Engendering Theory of Change
  • Gender-responsive Indicators
  • Applying Gender Analysis in Wheat and Maize Research
  • Leading for Gender Equality
  • Gender Training for Senior Managers

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


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 equitably benefit both.

Watch this testimonial to the CIMMYT Gender Capacity Strengthening Programme!