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Launch of CIAT’s Gender Community of Practice

Gender is a cross-cutting theme; it can and should be involved in all research areas and methodologies. But, gender is also a very confusing and vague concept. Many questions, uncertainties and doubts arise around the topic. The newly launched Gender Community of Practice (GCoP) at CIAT hopes to address this issue as well as be a space to share and discuss methods, tools, and analyses.

A community of practice (CoP) can be defined as a group of people who share a certain profession. The group can evolve naturally because of the members’ common interest in this particular domain or area, or it can be created specifically with the goal of gaining knowledge related to their field. Through this process of sharing information and experiences with the group the members will learn from each other and have an opportunity to develop themselves personally and professionally (Lave & Wenger 1991).

As such, the GCoP was created to share knowledge, information and experiences, identify opportunities for collaboration, and engage in discussions around the topic of gender in agricultural research.

The GCoP will utilize a virtual platform, making it possible for those travelling or based in other duty stations to participate. Monthly face-to-face meetings with the possibility of virtual interaction will also be organized. Furthermore, it is meant to be a dynamic group in which all members actively participate; as such we plan to use a system in which members will rotate the role of facilitator. As stated by its members, the GCoP expects to address and contribute to the design and implementation of the CIAT gender strategy; it will provide leadership on how to include more gender work in all research areas, and on how to make the inclusion of gender in agriculture research valuable. Finally will it be used as a reference point; to discuss different methods and tools.


Lave, Jean and Wenger, Etienne (1991). Situated Learning: Legitiamte Peripheral Participation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-42374-0.

Manon Koningstein is a Research Associate and Communications Specialist at the Gender & Climate Change team at CIAT. She will be facilitating the Gender Community of Practice


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