Researchers, development practitioners and policy makers recognise that efforts during the 1970's and 80's to develop new high yielding hybrid seeds and transfer them to farmers played an important part in removing the spectre of widespread starvation, especially in Asia. This, combined with the introduction of fertiliser and efforts to develop markets, also ushered in a period of cheap and relatively stable prices for the world's staple crops and brought millions of farmers out of poverty. Aptly named The Green Revolution this undoubted success deserves celebration.
A guest blog by Ranjitha Puskur, WorldFish senior scientist and Elspeth Bartlet, communications specialist. The WorldFish Building Coalitions, Creating Change workshop in 2012 brought together donors, researchers and practitioners on gender and development to discuss a gender transformative approach to agricultural research in development. The workshop was a major step forward in putting this concept into practice.