A system that delivers: Integrating gender into agricultural research, development, and extension

Ruth Meinzen-Dick*, Agnes R. Quisumbing, Julia Andrea Behrman

*Corresponding author for this work

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A paradigm shift is required in agricultural research, development, and extension (R, D, and E) systems in developing countries, from a focus on production toward a broader view of agriculture and food systems in which women's distinct role in ensuring the food security of their households is better recognized. The authors develop a conceptual framework linking various actors in the agricultural R, D, and E cycle that involves including women in agricultural priority-setting, conduct of research, development and extension, adoption and evaluation of new technologies, and impact assessment. It also entails recognizing women's roles throughout the value chain for both food and nonfood crops and for both marketed and nonmarketed commodities. Throughout the chapter the authors review each stage of the R, D, and E cycle, arguing that a number of key questions must be asked, including who are the actors? Who are the users of the technology? Whose needs are addressed at each stage, from priority setting, through implementation, to evaluation and impact assessment?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGender in Agriculture
Subtitle of host publicationClosing the Knowledge Gap
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9789401786164
ISBN (Print)9789401786157
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Adoption and evaluation of agricultural technologies
  • Agricultural research, development, and extension (R, D and E)
  • Conceptual framework
  • Gender
  • Priority setting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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