Using the gender lens in agricultural research and development: Why does it matter?

ILRI policies, instititions and livelihoods program

The International Women’s day is commemorated worldwide on 8 March each year. ‘Make it happen’ is the 2015 theme. Towards this day, this blog will feature stories of partners collaborating with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in gender research. This first article features Pratyusha Basu, an associate professor of geography in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Texas at El Paso, USA. 

The trajectory of development is influenced by gender differences because development does not occur in a vacuum. It takes place in a social and economic context that is shaped by gender differences and understanding and challenging these differences is important in enabling development. ~ Pratyusha Basu

Pratyusha Basu Pratyusha Basu (left) with dairy farmers in Uganda during a study of the EADD hub (photo credit: ILRI)

What inspired you to venture into gender science and research?

My interests in gender and development have been cultivated through both personal experiences and my research endeavours. I…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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