Empowering women holds the greatest potential to make significant impacts in agricultural development.

AWARE is built on the belief that focusing on women in agriculture as an underserved majority will improve food security, reduce poverty, and positively impact rural development in developing countries. 

Through AWARE, we believe that Cornell is leading the growing recognition within U.S. educational and agricultural development institutions that women are the key to solving global agricultural challenges. We strive to bring gender responsiveness to all activities in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, from curricula to research projects to university policy, leveraging impact in the developing world to particularly serve women farmers and improve their families’ livelihoods.

AWARE activities include:

  • Representing Global Development’s commitment to gender equity
  • Developing and implementing gender initiatives in current and future proposals and funded activities
  • Integrating gender issues in the courses and academic initiatives of Global Development
  • Curating a gender-focused library that is freely accessible to the Cornell community
  • Disseminating information on lectures, conferences, and events related to gender in agriculture
  • Promoting the participation of researchers committed to women's leadership training initiatives
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Support graduate students to conduct international research on topics in gender in agriculture with up to $2,500 in funding per awardee.

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Disseminated globally, featuring news, resources and opportunities pertaining to gender and agricultural development

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Curated gender and agricultural development resources, sourced from our weekly AWARE Newsletter

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Projects in Global Development that have a gender-aware dimension

Our team

Devon Jenkins

Project Manager for GREAT and AWARE

Department of Global Development

Devon Jenkins
  • dlj67 [at] cornell.edu
Hale Ann Tufan
Hale Ann Tufan

Research Professor and Project Director: GREAT, AWARE, NextGen Cassava, and Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement

Department of Global Development

International Research Professor (Joint)

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Breeding and Genetics Section

Hale Ann Tufan
Sarah Evanega
Sarah Evanega

Research Professor and Director, Cornell Alliance for Science

Department of Global Development

International Research Professor (Joint)

Plant Breeding and Genetics Section

Sarah Evanega
Science communications & science advocacy
Diversity & inclusion
Biotechnology, policy & social issues

AWARE receives partial funding from Global Development at Cornell University; the CALS Dean’s Office; and an endowment from W.R. Coffman, director of International Programs at CALS.