For the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA), a program with a key focus on policies, institutions and governance, gender inequalities present structural barriers to the change that is needed to support sustainable and equitable development solutions in landscapes. This is why concern for gender equality is truly integrated into FTA. In addition to conducting research specifically on gender and on women’s and men’s empowerment, FTA mainstreams gender throughout its research portfolio, aiming to make transformative change on multiple scales, from community to global levels.
As a means to inform about our research, FTA has until now used two separate newsletters – the regular FTA newsletter and the “Focus on Gender” newsletter, each with different registration lists. To mark the full integration of gender into our research program, we will from now on unite the two.
In the new unified series, a special gender edition of the FTA newsletter will be published periodically to draw out some of the distinctive gender work conducted within FTA, while all other editions will also strive to feature gender content.
Integrating the two newsletters into one unique series will help to increase the awareness of the broader FTA readership on gender issues. And for those specifically interested in gender, we believe there is value in being informed about the wider research FTA is doing to foster more sustainable and equitable forest and agroforest landscapes.
We also invite you to tell us how the newsletters could be even more relevant to you as a reader via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vincent Gitz, FTA Director
Marlène Elias, FTA Gender Research Coordinator