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On December 5, 2023, BOKU will be taking part in Gender Research Day for the second time to highlight current research projects in this field. While last year's focus was on gender-equitable urban planning and use, this year BOKU is looking at two research projects dedicated to gender equality and sustainable food systems.

Gender equality and sustainable food systems

The climate crisis requires a global transformation towards sustainable local food systems. Two research projects at the Institute of Development Research at BOKU are addressing the question of how this transformation can succeed in harmony with equal access, co-determination and decision-making processes - with a focus on rural areas and smallholder structures in European as well as East and West African countries. Gender-based discrimination and other disadvantages are key factors in all regions, which are examined using gender-transformative and intersectional approaches.

Eine lachende Person in einer kargen Landschaft, dahinter eine kleine Herde Kälber

© Pastoral Women's Council, Tansania

Empowering women worldwide for resilient and sustainable food systems

Stefanie Lemke and her team at the Institute of Development Research at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences are dedicated to these and other research topics. Two projects are presented here as examples.

Supporting Women-Led Innovations in Farming and rural Territories

SWIFT, which stands for Supporting Women-Led Innovations in Farming and Rural Territories, is a 4 year funded Horizon Europe project set up with the purpose to advance the position of women and LGBTQI+ persons in farming, and to investigate how agroecological processes can promote gender equality.

Please find further information on the project under the following links: https://swiftproject.eu/


Women’s right to communal land: facing the climate crisis

This project explores the different dimensions of women’s right to communal lands in the context of the climate crisis in East and West Africa. It draws lessons from and scales up efforts to advance women’s right to land in 4 target countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Mali and Guinea. It is a collaborative research action with different components: capacity building, participatory research, community dialogues, and action for social change. 

Please find further information on the project under the following links: https://agroecology.world/womens-right-to-communal-land/