CIMMYT Gender Capacity Strengthening Programme


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

  • 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. 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!