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Why is gender important for REDD+?

IUCN has produced an excellent new video unpacking why women’s resource rights and decision-making need to be taken into account in REDD+ development.

This video was prepared for IUCN with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) via the Gender Equality for Climate Change Opportunities (GECCO) initiative. This video supports a series of six geographically diverse case studies on gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment through REDD+.

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Gender and Land Statistics: new FAO info-note based on a collaborative work with PIM

Reposted from the Engendering Data blog:

FAO Gender and Land team has recently published a new info-note on the linkages between Gender and Land Statistics.

Land statistics disaggregated by sex are essential to highlighting the disparities in secure land rights between women and men. With that in mind, in 2014 FAO joined forced with the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) to develop a common framework for producing sex-disaggregated indicators for FAO’s Gender and Land Rights Database (GLRD). As a result of this work, five indicators were developed. The new info-note provides an overview of the indicators, methodology behind them, and the key concepts that they capture.

FAO’s Gender and Land Rights Database (GLRD) launched its new and improved website in 2015 aiming to increase awareness about gender and land issues around the globe. PIM has been proud to be one of the partners of this initiative, especially because the new GLRD’s indicators of men’s and women’s control over land draw from those proposed in the PIM paper by Doss et al (2013), “Gender Inequalities in Ownership and Control of Land in Africa: Myth versus Reality”.

Read more on this topic in earlier blogs:

FAO’s Gender and Land Rights Database launches a new website

How sex-disaggregated land statistics can help monitor progress of the new Sustainable Development Goals (by Ana Paula de la O Campos (FAO))

Related publications:

Ana Paula de la O Campos, Nynne Warring, Chiara Brunelli, Cheryl Doss, and Caitlin Kieran. 2015. Gender and Land Statistics: Recent developments in FAO’s Gender and Land Rights Database. FAO/PIM Technical Note (pdf)

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Missing: The Forgotten Women in India’s Climate Plans — new film from CDKN

New film from the Climate & Knowledge Development Network: Missing: The forgotten women in India’s climate plans

With a rapidly changing climate that is already having massive impacts on Indian people’s daily lives, the absence of policies and plans supporting millions of working women in their ability to deal with these new challenges needs to be addressed. Representing over half the workforce in farming, fishing and forest harvesting, Indian women have an essential role to play in climate adaptation and planning. Granting women greater access to ownership and representation, and giving them a voice to describe their situation and needs to policymakers, will help all Indians diminish their vulnerabilities in the face of climate change.

This new film, directed by Krishnendu Bose and commissioned by the Climate & Development Knowledge Network, follows the Nahi women in their daily fight against climate change impacts. It shows how resourceful these women are in a context of high constraints and poverty. Supporting their local initiatives with adequate policies and laws could be a significant game changer in the way India manages to tackle climate change. ‘Missing’ intends to convince policymakers of what can be achieved, were women to become integrated in climate change planning.

The film depicts Rita Kamila and her success at integrating farming practices with climate resilience. As a result of the changing climate, Rita has fish in her fields; she puts her chicken coup over the water so that when she feeds her chickens, some of it falls through into the water, and the chicken droppings also become fish food. Her practices have led to great economic benefit, and she shares her knowledge with her fellow villagers. However, Rita’s success is an isolated story, as the video shows, and it is critical to scale up access to government schemes. Many government schemes are only for land owning farmers and less than 10% of female farmers own land.

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Two new videos on gender and agriculture

The following is a new video from Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank, and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) entitled “Funding Female Farmers for a Less Hungry World”.

The following is a training video targeting community forestry practitioners, entitled “A Fair Climate: Gender Equity in REDD+”, hosted on the website of The Center For People and Forests (RECOFTC)

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International Photo Competition: Forests-Agriculture Interface Through a Gender Lens

Use the gender lens to capture interesting photos with stories and help us do science with a creative twist. We make a maximum impact when we communicate about our work – success and/or failure – to a wider audience using a range of communication and social media. We believe that photos break the global language barriers, and connect people, whether they are farmers, middle-class urban families, public enterprises, donors or students.


Anyone across the globe can enter this competition. You can be a practitioner, farmer, student, forester, policymaker, manager, researcher, teacher, professional photographer, freelancer among others. No registration fees. Just click, write a story about your photo and email us!


• Through this International Photo Competition 2014 on the ‘Forest-Agriculture Interface through a Gender Lens’ we aim to publish a photo book (Editor Purabi Bose).

• The photo book will reproduce the selected photos with the titles and background stories about the successes and failures of integrating gender equity in forests, agroforestry and the small farms anywhere in the world.

Photos can be submitted within the three key thematic areas with gender as a cross-cutting issue

1. Forests including drylands and marginal people;

2. Agroforestry in vulnerable landscapes; and

3. Non-timber forest products, smallholder agriculture produces influencing the local markets.

Dr. Purabi Bose, Social Scientist and Focal Person for CIAT’s CRP-FTA Gender

CIAT, Km 17, Recta Cali-Palmira, A A 6713

Cali, Colombia http://www.ciat.cgiar.org/ CONTACT E-mail: p.bose@cgiar.org Phone: + 57 2 4450000 Fax: +57 2 4450073



Each photo must tell a story about the success or failure of integrating gender in any of the three thematic areas.

Write a story of max 150 words in either English, Spanish, French or Bahasa Indonesia.


Submit a maximum of 2 photos for each theme (for each person a max of 6 photos in colour or black & white).

This to be saved in .Jpeg or .Tiff hi-reso format, minimum of 2MB size, and 1200 dpi resolution.

For each photo add: a photo title, story, identity of people, place, and photo date (dd/mm/yy).

Save the file as your family name_first name_number of the photo_your citizenship.

SEND YOUR ENTRY: before JUNE 15, 2014

Add your full name, profession, institutional affiliation, and full contact details. Upload via http://www.wetransfer.com and E-mail to ftagenderphoto@gmail.com and

Cc to p.bose@cgiar.org

The best 100 photos and accompanying storylines will be selected for the photo book.

• Photo book launch at the IUFRO World Congress 2014.

• A certificate and photo book for selected participants.

  • Three participants (one from each theme) will be invited at CIAT’s CRP FTA’s workshop in Uganda in Nov. 2014.

COPYRIGHTS: Submit only photos and stories over which the participant holds the copyright. By entering the competition, the participant concedes CIAT’s CRP-FTA Gender the right to use the photo & story for publication in a range of communication media without pay and without prior permission.

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Video: Beyond Gender Myths – Closing the Knowledge Gap in Agriculture and Food Security

There is now growing recognition of the importance of attention to gender for agricultural productivity and food security.  However, many “gender myths” persist; myths that either underestimate or overstate the importance of women’s roles and resources.  In order to close the gender gap in productivity or assets, there is a need to close the knowledge gap.  This policy seminar presented evidence gathered for a new volume of studies titled “Gender in Agriculture and Food Security: Closing the Knowledge Gap”.

At this event, Terri Raney highlighted key messages of the State of Food and Agriculture report on gender and agriculture, and how this report has catalyzed new research on gender and agriculture.  The gender asset gap and its implications for agricultural and rural development was presented by Agnes Quisumbing.  Ruth Meinzen-Dick discussed one type of capital—social capital—and how it interacts with gender in agricultural development programs.  Lastly, Deborah Rubin talked about promoting gender-equitable agricultural value chains.

For more information, see the event page here.

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New Video on Gender and Assets: Focus on GAAP projects

The CGIAR’s Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) just released a short video interview with Agnes Quisumbing, one of the Gender, Agriculture and Assets Project (GAAP) PIs and the Senior Gender Advisor to A4NH. In the video, Agnes explains the important linkages between gender and assests and how their relationship can affect people’s ability to engage in and benefit from interventions. She showcases two of the GAAP portfolio projects: The Harvest Plus Reaching End Users Project and the Helen Keller International Enhanced Homestead Food Production Program.

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Multimedia: Women and Agriculture: A Conversation on Improving Global Food Security

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State

See the two videos and transcription of the conversation on