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Gender equality, youth and social inclusion

Closing the gender gap and enhancing 
opportunities for youth in food, 
land, and water systems.

Gender equality, youth and social inclusion

ILRI research contributes to the CGIAR impact area on Gender equality, youth & social inclusion.

On average, women make up 43% of the agricultural labor force in low- and middle-income countries, yet their access to resources, rights, and services is limited, holding back prosperity for all.More than 85% of the world’s 1.2 billion youth live in low- and middle-income countries, where  many face limited opportunities for employment or entrepreneurship. Improving the lives and livelihoods of women, youth, and other marginalized groups is vital for equitable, productive, resilient and sustainable food systems.

Browse research initiatives that contribute to this impact area. 


Gender equality, youth and social inclusion research initiatives


Harnessing Gender and Social Equality for Resilience in Agrifood Systems

People at market

Market Intelligence

Woman selling fish

Resilient Cities Through Sustainable Urban and Peri-Urban Agrifood Systems

Woman with livestock

Sustainable Animal Productivity for Livelihoods, Nutrition and Gender Inclusion

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Empowering Tanzania’s women in business: Evaluating the readiness for scaling for two ILRI-designed gender empowerment tools

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Contributing to a world free from hunger, malnutrition, poverty and inequality: Framework for gender-responsive livestock development launches at the Climate and Clean Air Conference

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) co-convened a dialogue with the CGIAR GENDER Impact Platform and CIFOR-ICRAF to ignite conversations on investments in women

Celebrating International Women's Day 2024

Esther Omosa, ILRI nutritionist, explaining about nutrition research at ILRI to Holger Meinke, ISDC Chair and Fetien Abera, ISDC member (ILRI/Kristen Tam).


CGIAR and partner collaboration: ‘We’re all singing the same song’

A livestock farmer in northern Ghana. (ILRI/Georgina Smith).

Opinion and analysis

Towards gender equality: A novel index to measure the empowerment of women in livestock keeping households



ILRI and ICAR 2023 annual review of progress of collaborative projects

Man with chicken (ILRI/Mann)


Nourishing change: Unveiling the crucial role of men in family nutrition

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