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FTA Newsletter December 2015 – Focus on Gender

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Dear friends and colleagues,

Welcome to the sixth edition of the FTA Gender Integration Team Newsletter: Focus on Gender.

With world leaders gathering in Paris to hammer out a new international climate agreement, the importance of the CGIAR’s gender research is more important than ever. It’s critical that those negotiations be informed by high-quality research that documents the many and diverse ways in which gender and the environment interact. That is why the work that all of you engage in – whether conducting gender research, funding it, or simply learning from it – is so important. 

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

Gender and Climate Mitigation: A Call to Donors

By Anne M Larson, Principal Scientist on decentralisation, devolution and forest tenure rights at CIFOR

Top-down strategies won’t work for women or for climate mitigation

Climate mitigation strategies involving forests are likely to involve restrictions on forest access and conversion – and are thus as likely to affect women as well as men living in forest communities. Read more

Featured Project & Researcher

ProjectAndean Landscapes, Local Knowledge, and Gender: Comparing Agroforestry Practices as Options for Adaptation to Climate Change from the Perspective of Smallholders in the Peruvian Andes

For a detailed description of the project, click here

Researcher: Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel, Post-Doctoral Fellow, ICRAF

I am working with indigenous Quechua-speaking communities in the southern Peruvian Andes…

To read the full interview with Mathez, 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). 

5 Capitals-Gender: A tool for monitoring and learning on gender-responsive value-chain development and related asset building at household and enterprise levels that brings together four CGIAR centres: Bioversity, CIAT, CIP, ICRAF 

For details, click here.

REPROCROP: Understanding local perceptions of tree crop reproduction 
For more information, click here.

Gender Research on REDD+ is informing policy and advocacy in Indonesia and Vietnam. Read more

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

Silvopastoral systems in Latin America: Mitigation opportunities for men and women livestock producers 
Study on Gender, Agriculture and Climate Change in Nicaragua 

For details on both projects, click here.

News & Highlights

Including Gender in Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in the Cattle Sector in Latin American Countries

Photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT)

First-ever ICRAF gender strategy endorsed by the Board of Trustees 

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Gender and climate change: evidence and experience A set of policy briefs that address pressing policy issues concerning gender and climate change by drawing on the experience of nine contributing partner organizations. To view the full brief package, click here.

Gender roles and land-use preferences – implications to landscape restoration in Southeast Asia. To download this book chapter, click here.

International Forestry Review: Special issue on Gender in Agroforestry. To download the full issue, click here.

Women and men in tropical dry forests: A preliminary review. For more information, click here.

The Balance of Power in Household Decision-Making: Encouraging News on Gender in Southern Sulawesi. To access this paper, click here.

Bioversity International’s gender research fellowship programme: results and ways forward. For more information, click here.

Tools & Resources

Click here to view a recording of the WebinarAgricultural biodiversity, value chains and women’s empowerment held by FAO’s Technical Network on Sustainable Food Value Chain Development and Bioversity International.

The Landscape of gender research at CIFOR 2013 – current. A selection of published, to-be-published and ongoing research. To view the full brochure, click here

Issue brief: The Mighty Shea: How gender matters for restoration. To download the brief, click here

Issue brief: Bearing the fruits of action: Bioversity’s gender-responsive forestry research. To download the brief, click here

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

Upcoming events

20 June – 1 July 2016, University of East Anglia,
United Kingdom.
Short course on researching gender – methods and concepts. For details, click here.


Event reports

5 & 6 December 2015, Paris, France. CIFOR hosted a Gender Pavilion at the Global Landscapes Forum. For details, click here.

12 & 13 October 2015, Delhi, India. Gender Sensitization: Concepts and Tools for Gender Analysis. To read a short report from this meeting, please click here.


This newsletter is meant to serve as a mechanism for knowledge sharing, especially on good practices and lessons learned with regard to gender in research and development. It 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.

Copyright © 2015 The World Agroforestry Centre, All rights reserved.


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PO Box 30677, Nairobi, 00100 

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