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FTA Focus on Gender March 2017

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Dear friends and colleagues,

Welcome to the ninth edition of the FTA Gender Integration Team Newsletter: Focus on Gender. In this issue we would like to commemorate International Women´s Day.

This year´s theme is ´the working world of women´. In line with this, the newsletter features a research study  on gender and oil palm production and two exciting videos telling the story of the female oil palm farmers in Indonesia. In this issue you can also find an invitation to our up coming side event during the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 2017) in New York (March 13-24). And, as usual, you can find our latest news, publications, updates and upcoming events.

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


Hear from Magdalena Pandan, a 35-year-old oil palm plantation worker in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, who rises before dawn every day to carry out her duties toward her job, her family and her crop lands. Read more

Hear from CIFOR scientist Bimbika Sijapati Basnett on her team’s research into issues related to gender and women in the expansion of the oil palm industry in Indonesia. Read more

Featured Project

Gender in Oil Palm
Examining gender gaps in Indonesia’s palm oil industry

By Bimbika Sijapati Basnett and Leona Liu (CIFOR)

Oil palm expansion threatens to displace local women from the lands where they cultivate their food crops, and this way help to feed their families. Furthermore, the women´s work contributions to oil palm production are largely unrecognized, and in the rare cases that they are, women are overrepresented in the ‘casual worker’ category, with limited entitlement to decent working conditions. Finally, gender issues are not considered in policies, certification bodies and regulations in the sector.  Read more

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 research at CIFOR
A summary of all CIFOR´s gender related projects. Read more

Review of guides for gender-equitable value chain development –  Taking stock of seven guides for development practitioners on how to design and implement gender-equitable VCD to flush out their strengths, limitations, and gaps. Read more

Celebrating gender and biodiversityOn the occasion of International Women’s Day, Bioversity international has launched a series of factsheets on “Creating mutual benefits: examples of gender and biodiversity outcomes from Bioversity International’s research”. Read more

Gender, group membership and trees on farms in Nicaragua

This project has the objective to analyze how women’s and men’s participation in groups may influence their capacities to access and implement information on the use of trees on farms in a Climate-Smart Village in Tuma la Dalia, Nicaragua. Read more

News & Highlights

We would like invite you to join our discussion on:
´The impacts of commercialisation in agriculture and forestry on women’s decent employment´.
Kindly remember to register for the NGO CSW61 Forum 

 Neil Palmer/IWMI



Photo: Jeremy Weate



Photo: Jeremy Weate


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Article: Gender and forests: climate change, tenure, value chains and emerging issues (Bioversity International)


Article: Identifying gender-sensitive agroforestry options: Methodological considerations from the field.


Article: Whose Knowledge, Whose Development? Use and Role of Local and External Knowledge in Agroforestry Projects in Bolivia.

Article: Gendered Responses to Drought in Yunnan Province, China


Working Paper: Gender dynamics in Peru and Nicaragua. (CIAT).


Working Paper: Gendered perspectives of trees on farms in Nicaragua: Considerations for agroforestry, coffee cultivation, and climate change. (CIAT).

Working Paper: Agroforestry and Forestry in Sulawesi series: Women’s participation in agroforestry: more benefit or burden? A gendered analysis of Gorontalo Province. (World Agroforestry Centre)


Brief: Strengthening women’s tenure rights and participation in community forestry (CIFOR)

Upcoming Events

54th Annual Meeting of the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC)  – ICRAF, CATIE, Bioversity and CIAT will be coordinating and contributing to the symposium Trees outside forest: biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services and livelihoods for resilient landscapes at the ATBC.


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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