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FTA Newsletter May 2016 – Focus on Gender

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Dear friends and colleagues,

Welcome to the seventh edition of the FTA Gender Integration Team Newsletter: Focus on Gender.
This newsletter is meant to serve as a mechanism for knowledge sharing, especially on good practices and lessons learned. We are counting on your knowledge, information and experiences. Please feel free to share with us any gender and forests related resources, tools or information you may have. Your comments and feedback on the newsletter are welcome and encouraged. To get in touch, please email Ana Maria Paez Valencia.

Warm regards,
The FTA Gender Integration Team

Thoughts on Gender

Material galore: FTA scientists working on a second book on Gender and Forests

By Carol J. Pierce Colfer, Senior Associate, Center for International Forestry Research

In a recent blog for the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry my colleague Patti Petesch wrote about the adverse impacts of oil palm on Dayak women in Kalimantan, Indonesia, based on results from a multi-national, quantitative study. In the book, Gender and Forests: Climate Change, Tenure, Value Chains, and Emerging Issues, this same issue is addressed, with scientists looking at conditions within one of these communities in the past, and in the present, using a holistic and qualitative approach. Read more

Featured Project & Researcher

ProjectGender sensitive climate-smart practices for coffee agroforestry in Nicaragua

For a description of the project, click here

Researcher: Tatiana Gumucio, Gender Postdoctoral Fellow, International Center for Tropical Agriculture CIAT

Tatiana Gumucio. Photo: CCAFS
To identify interventions for climate change mitigation and adaptation we have to look critically to the management of trees and tree resources for entry points…” 

To read the full interview with Tatiana, click here

Focus on Gender Research

This is a brief update on selected gender-related research that is ongoing within the CGIAR research programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). 

Gender and Uganda’s informal timber value chain. A project looking to provide recommendations, not only to mitigate adverse gendered impacts, but also to suggest policy options for a more gender-inclusive value chain  Read more

For a list of all of CIFOR’s gender-related projects, click here.

ICRAF-Latin America is helping in the development of the Gender and Climate Change Action Plan for Peru

For details, click here.

5Capitals-G – Piloting a gender-responsive methodology for assessing the poverty impacts of value chain development
For more information, click here.

The Sustainable Amazonian Landscapes project integrates a gender perspective to understand men’s and women’s ecosystem services uses and related decision-making roles in Yurimaguas, Peru, and Caquetá, Colombia. For details, click here.

News & Highlights

Four social and natural scientists who used participatory methods to conduct their research in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, India and Malaysia, reflect on key challenges and benefits of participatory research. 

Revealing Farmers Knowledge Through Research


Reflections on how far gender scholarship has evolved, and how to further broaden its application

Photo: Jeremy Weate


Almost two years of field work in the Colombian and Peruvian Amazon documenting the relations between ecosystem services, food security and the nutritional health of local communities living in the forest-agriculture interface

Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Carol Colfer


If you give women a voice in the management of forests and fisheries, you get better outcomes for both people and nature

 Neil Palmer/IWMI


Researchers in Sulawesi, Indonesia are sounding a rare note of optimism in the usually dreary accounting of gender relations

Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Carol Colfer


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Gender and Forests: Climate Change, Tenure, Value Chains and Emerging Issues   The work of gender and forestry specialists from various backgrounds and fields of research and action to analyse global gender conditions as related to forests. To see more info on this enlightening book, click here.

Book Aid International made Gender and Forests book of the month!


Is There a Choice? Choice Experiment to Determine the Value Men and Women Place on Cacao Agroforests in Coastal Ecuador
To download the article, click here.


Are the major imperatives of food security missing in ecosystem services research? To download the article, click here.


Does the gender composition of forest and fishery management groups affect resource governance and conservation outcomes? A systematic map. To download the article, click here.


Stepping it up for gender equality: Bioversity International gender and social inclusion strategy. To access the new gender strategy, click here.


Policy Brief: Gender in Forestry and REDD+ in Indonesia. To read the brief,  click here.

Tools & Resources


National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic/K.Musuraliev

Click here to visit Bioversity International’s new webpage on participatory research


Practical tips for communicating research findings in a gender-responsive way  To see the tips, click here

You can also listen to the podcast where the authors talk about this new tool

All gender-related tools and manuals published by CIFOR are available here.

The Global Gender and Climate Alliance also has a collection of tools and resources, which you can access here

Event reports

From 20-24 April 2016, a training on 5Capitals-G – a gender-responsive tool for assessing the poverty impacts of value chain development – brought together researchers from Bioversity International and partners working on gender-equitable value chain development in different parts of India. For details, click here.


This newsletter is a product of the collaboration between the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bioversity International, and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) as part of the Research Program on Forest, Trees and Agroforestry of the CGIAR.

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