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Doing research and ‘doing gender’ in Ethiopia's agricultural research system

Author: Drucza, K.L.
Author: Tsegaye, M.
Author: Abebe, L
Year: 2019
ISSN: 0971-8524
ISSN: 0973-0656 (Online)
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10883/20515
Abstract: This article presents data from an experimental gender audit that was completed of the national agricultural research system in Ethiopia. The results show how agriculture researchers understand and practice gender in Ethiopia and what the research outputs say about Ethiopian Institute of Agriculture Research (EIAR)’s ability to incorporate gender across the research process. The article applies gender mainstreaming theory and feminist research methods and methodologies to frame the analysis. This body of scholarship highlights crucial questions that go beyond the counting of male and female participants in research surveys and the recruitment of female informants, a problem at EIAR. The article argues that focusing on gender mainstreaming ignores the power relations that currently maintain the status quo and prevent a substantial approach to ‘doing gender’ from evolving. In order to improve gender equality in Ethiopia’s agriculture sector, EIAR needs to expand the methodologies currently used and include and raise awareness for feminist methods. This study adds to the emerging literature on Ethiopian women studies, gender mainstreaming, institutional reform, and gender research methods.
Format: PDF
Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Type: Article
Place of Publication: India
Pages: 55-75
Issue: 1
Volume: 23
DOI: 10.1080/09718524.2019.1616361
Country of Focus: ETHIOPIA
Agrovoc: GENDER
Agrovoc: RESEARCH METHODS
Agrovoc: GENDER MAINSTREAMING
Journal: Gender, Technology and Development


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