Impacting Gender & Nutrition through Innovative Technical Exchange in Agriculture (IGNITE) Partners Discuss Applied Research Findings on Gender and Nutrition Integration in Agriculture

Impacting Gender & Nutrition through Innovative Technical Exchange in Agriculture (IGNITE) Partners Discuss Applied Research Findings on Gender and Nutrition Integration in Agriculture
Impacting Gender & Nutrition through Innovative Technical Exchange in Agriculture (IGNITE) Partners Discuss Applied Research Findings on Gender and Nutrition Integration in Agriculture

The IGNITE challenge (Impacting Gender & Nutrition via Innovative Technical Exchange in Agriculture) organized a Research Summit in Nairobi, January 23 via 25, to share findings and proof collected round six broad programmatic studying questions regarding methods of successfully and effectively rising girls’s empowerment in agriculture in addition to equitable consumption of nutritious diets. Over 70 contributors attended the Summit, representing greater than 20 IGNITE companions from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. The IGNITE Research Summit has introduced collectively practitioners from the non-public sector, NGOs, governmental companies, coverage making companies, researchers and academia. 

With escalating meals and diet insecurity on this planet, Africa has not been spared. According to the State of Food Security and Nutrition within the World 2022 (, 828 million individuals suffered from starvation in 2021, together with 278 million individuals in Africa. There are many causes behind meals and diet [in]safety, and one that’s usually ignored is the gender dimension.

With a conviction that gender inclusion has an affect on meals and diet safety in Africa, the IGNITE challenge was launched in 2018. IGNITE is a five-year funding, carried out by Tanager (, in partnership with Laterite (, and 60 Decibels ( to strengthen African establishments’ capability to combine diet and mainstream gender into their manner of doing enterprise and their agriculture interventions.

IGNITE is bringing a contemporary gender and diet lens to agriculture with 18 associate organizations who’re agricultural establishments, service suppliers, regulators and universities with a big continental attain and affect in 17 African international locations,” stated Maureen Munjua, IGNITE Team Leader and Tanager Country Representative in Kenya.

At the IGNITE Research Summit, the outcomes of 16 decision-focused analysis research, carried out collectively with six associate establishments, had been shared, and mentioned. According to those establishments, on one hand, tailor-made technical help and coaching, gender and diet teaching, technique growth and implementation assist, have been key to constructing their workers and institutional capacities. On the opposite hand, proof stemming from analysis and concrete suggestions are serving to them enhance their enterprise actions.

Digital Green ( is invested in an bold initiative referred to as DAAS (Digital Agricultural Advisory Services) which goals to achieve 40 p.c of ladies as a part of our actions. We labored with IGNITE to conduct a gender evaluation and different analysis actions that resulted in our new gender coverage. Today, gender is the centre of our focus, and we’re seeing the outcomes. For instance, an elevated effectiveness of Community Based Agents (CBAs), higher outcomes on dairy farmers’ uptake of our digital instruments, and simpler demo farmer households’ expertise,” shared Daniel Tesfu, Head of Monitoring and Evaluation at Digital Green in Ethiopia.

Rufaro Madakadze, Senior Program Officer on the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) (, shared that, “…as an final result of IGNITE analysis findings, we’re rethinking, redesigning, and informing our institutional method to agricultural extension. Across the board, extra feminine extension staff and girls Village Based Agents are being engaged in our applications.”

While making attribution of modifications skilled over the previous three years, most of the IGNITE companions additionally reported that engagement with IGNITE has introduced a complete new which means and perspective to gender and diet, which is influencing their actions. “Before IGNITE, the main target of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) ( was on productiveness and earnings. Today, our method in the direction of diet and gender-sensitive agriculture will lead to advantages to farm mechanization for cassava farmers in Nigeria,” shared Dr. Cecilia Limera, Programme Officer and Nutrition Lead at AATF.

The intensive info shared throughout the three days additional validated the prevailing physique of proof that rising girls’s incomes and enabling them to have extra decision-making over that earnings advantages the entire household via improved well being, diet, and training. However, having particular case research, and rigorous information supporting this goal was the driving power behind IGNITE’s design of its bold studying agenda.

We are extraordinarily pleased with being a part of constructing a strong case for market actors that there’s optimistic return on funding derived from integrating and mainstreaming gender and diet issues inside their enterprise fashions. We now have the technical know-how, the instruments, and the expertise in offering technical help on gender and diet integration and mainstreaming in agriculture. We are open to collaborate with establishments who’ve a necessity in these areas, and we are going to carry on enhancing our technical help supply with present companions,” concluded Maureen Munjua.

Access IGNITE analysis outputs and assets right here:

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Tanager.

Media contact:
Maureen Munjua
Country Representative, Tanager (Kenya)
[email protected]

About Tanager:
Tanager is a world non-profit that brings individuals collectively on the desk, on the bottom, and throughout provide chains to co-create financial and social alternatives that change lives. Tanager is the lead associate on the IGNITE challenge. Learn extra:

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