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Seeds of Change Conference


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Seeds of Change: Gender Equality Through Agricultural Research for Development is an interdisciplinary conference for researchers and practitioners in all fields of agriculture (including food/commodity/cash crops, subsistence/semi-subsistence sectors, supply chains, forestry, fisheries, and water management) jointly funded by the Australia­­­n Centre for Agricultural Research, CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research and University of Canberra.

For more information, visit the event webpage.


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Making sense of ‘intersectionality’


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A man and woman pose for a photo in Nepal. Photo by Carol J. Pierce Colfer/CIFOR/Cornell

The CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research is hosting the webinar “Making sense of ‘intersectionality'” on Nov. 15  from 3pm-4.30pm CET. The webinar is organized in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA).

This webinar aims to introduce intersectionality to researchers working on applied agriculture and natural resource management research who are unfamiliar with the term and/or unsure about how to apply them in their research. Practitioners and policymakers who are concerned with using data, evidence and analyses to ensure that “no one is left behind” – one of the core promises of the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development – would also find this webinar to be useful.

The webinar will provide:

  • A brief and accessible overview of the major approaches and debates surrounding the term in gender and feminist studies;
  • Propose a five-lens approach (cognitive, emotional, social, economic and political) in applying the term to applied agriculture and natural resource management research.
  • Discuss the value of being attentive to questions of ‘positionality’ and ‘reflexivity’ in our research; and
  • Suggest ways in which a wide range of research methods – from national level household surveys to participatory action research – can be leveraged to support marginalized individuals and communities to bring about socially inclusive change.

The webinar will be moderated by the Center for International Forestry Research’s (CIFOR) gender research leader Bimbika Sijapati Basnett. The discussants will be:

  • Carol J. Pierce Colfer, visiting scholar at Cornell University’s Southeast Asia Program and senior associate with CIFOR.
  • Markus Ihalainen, research and engagement officer at CIFOR
  • Ruth Meinzen-Dick, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and coleader of the Flagship on Governance of Natural Resources under the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM).
  • Shelley Feldman, retired professor of development sociology as well as feminist, gender and sexuality studies at Cornell University.

For more information, view the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research’s event posting.


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The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) 44


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The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is the foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all. The Committee reports to the UN General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and to FAO Conference.

For further info please click here.


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GENNOVATE, a qualitative comparative study on gender norms and agency in agricultural and environmental innovation – Study concepts and methodology


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The CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research is hosting the webinar ‘GENNOVATE, a qualitative comparative study on gender norms and agency in agricultural and environmental innovation – Study concepts and methodology’. The webinar is organized in collaboration with GENNOVATE.

GENNOVATE is a comparative qualitative study that focuses on how gender norms influence agricultural and natural resource management (NRM) processes, and how agricultural/NRM interventions can affect gender relations. The study that has been carried out by gender scientists across the CGIAR, in 26 countries and 137 communities. In discussion groups and individual interviews, more than 7,500 rural study participants of different socio-economic backgrounds and age groups reflect on and compare local women’s and men’s expected roles and behaviors — or gender norms — and how these social rules affect their ability to access, adopt, adapt, and benefit from innovations in agricultural and natural resource management.

Register here to attend the webinar.


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  • Landscape transformation: what does power have to do with it?

Landscape transformation: what does power have to do with it?


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Many different kinds of actors are involved in landscape transformations – indigenous landholders, small-scale farmers, agri-business corporations, land titling agencies, and forest conservation departments, to name just a few. Each actor has their own vision of how landscapes should be arranged, and who should be permitted to do what with the land. These visions  sometimes overlap, but often they conflict and collide, bringing questions of power to the fore.

What kinds of power can an agri-business corporation use to displace an indigenous woman farmer from her land – and what powers can she use to hold on to it, if she has other plans for it? Why are forest departments able to enforce protected area boundaries in one location, but not in another? What makes some small-scale farmers able to hold onto their land, while others lose it through mortgage or debt?

In situations like these, no actors have all the power on their side. Instead, different actors make use of one or more “powers of exclusion” to hold on to land, and to exclude others from it. These powers include force (a gun, a fence, a blockade); regulations (state laws, customary laws, formal boundaries, and land use zones); markets (the price of rent, or credit, or a bribe); and legitimation (arguments about what is right, or fair, or efficient, that may pit global conservation against local incomes, or GNP growth against equity and sustainability, or indigenous peoples’ rights against the needs of landless migrants).

The webinar outlines the “powers of exclusion” framework for analyzing how different actors are able to control land and transform landscapes, and what happens when agendas conflict. Illustrations will be drawn from different scales (regional to local) with a focus on Southeast Asia, and will be used to highlight implications for policy, advocacy and practice. The webinar will also include an open forum for Q and A.

The presenters are Derek Hall, Philip Hirsch and Tania Murray Li, co-authors of Powers of Exclusion: Land Dilemmas in Southeast Asia (2011, National University of Singapore and University of Hawaii Press). CIFOR’s gender research coordinator and gender focal point for the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) Bimbika Sijapati Basnett will moderate the discussion.

For more information and to register for this webinar, check the announcement from the Global Landscapes Forum. 


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  • Global Landscapes Forum: Bonn 2017

Global Landscapes Forum: Bonn 2017


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You’ll be front and center for the launch of the UN Environment Program’s Interfaith Rainforest Initiative, which seeks to unite the world’s major faith communities for the protection of tropical forests. You’ll participate in lively interactive sessions with the World Bank, World Resources Institute (WRI), the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Global Canopy Programme (GCP), PUR Projet, Rare, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), African Union, Rabobank, Indigenous Peoples Major Group and more. You’ll exchange ideas with thought-provoking keynote speakers and help us put communities and local realities at the center of the conversation.

Find Out more.


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  • 125th IUFRO Anniversary Congress 2017

125th IUFRO Anniversary Congress 2017


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The 125th Anniversary of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will be held from 18-22 September 2017 in Freiburg, Germany. IUFRO is one of the world’s oldest international scientific organizations, today uniting as many as 15,000 scientists in more than 120 countries around the world. This year’s anniversary congress will celebrate the achievements of the past, as well as looking forward to the future of forestry and forest research

Experts from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) will be bring their latest findings and insights from the field, becoming part of global discussions on the theme of ‘interconnecting forests, science and people’.


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