Gender in Agriculture Partnership

Transforming agriculture to empower women and deliver food, nutrition and income security

ILRI Graduate Fellowship – PhD student in Gender and Nutrition

International Livestock Research Institute
Expiry date: 
Saturday, 30 July, 2016

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI, works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development. ILRI is one of 15 Centers of the CGIAR Consortium, a global agricultural research partnership for a food-secure future ( The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification (SIIL;, led by Kansas State University, supports the US Government Feed the Future goals of reducing global hunger, poverty and undernutrition.

One of the key components of the SIIL Burkina Faso project on sustainable intensification of mixed crop-livestock systems for improved food security and environmental benefits is to better understand how intensification interventions affect gender equity and household nutrition. The main outcome of gender and nutrition components of the project is to strengthen women’s decision-making capacity on improved intensification options and to increase household consumption of commonly-available nutritious foods to supplement the current grain-dominated diets within the study areas. To achieve this outcome, project interventions to improve household nutrition include increasing household consumption of milk, cowpea grain (often referred to as “poor man’s meat in the Sahel) and Moringa leaves. The guiding principle of these interventions to intensify production to improve nutrition is that they are sensitive to gender divisions of labor demands and gender equity with respect to nutritional benefits.

The Position

The PhD student will work on the effect of sustainable intensification of crop-livestock systems on gender equity and household nutrition in the Sahelian zone of Burkina Faso. The overall objective of this PhD research is to evaluate the effects of the improved intensification options on gender equity and household nutrition. The specific objectives are: (i) To analyze the roles, constraints and preferences of men, women and youth, and the marginalized groups in crop-livestock production in the study sites; (ii) To characterize nutrition practices of the households in the study areas and quantify gender-differentiated control over the benefits of on- and off-farm activities; (iii) To assess the effect of improved intensification options on intra-household division of labor and on the distribution of nutritional benefits within households. The underlying hypothesis is that productivity enhancing intensification options will lead to improvement of household food security and nutrition thereby enhancing gender equity. The PhD research work will be conducted in the project sites in Dori and Ouahigouya in Burkina Faso.

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