The transformative potential of inclusive research

In 2020, CIFOR-ICRAF continued to champion equity and equality across its research projects, including several that focus specifically on issues facing women in forest landscapes and agroforestry. Highlights include:

  • research on gender-transformative approaches to women’s land rights in Kyrgyzstan, Uganda, Bangladesh, The Gambia, Colombia and Ethiopia – supported by IFAD;

  • an experimental study in northern Ghana on the effects of gender transformative approaches on smallholder households' resilience and capacity to sustainably engage in land restoration;

  • a collaborative study across several CGIAR Research Programs on the ‘feminization of agriculture’, exploring the gendered impacts of migration on small-scale farming in Vietnam and Kenya;

  • a guide to promote reflexive and adaptive learning processes in multistakeholder forums for gender-transformational change – supported by RRI;

  • ongoing research into identifying and addressing gendered vulnerabilities under climate change in the shea value chain in Burkina Faso and Ghana – supported by IDRC.

Gender experts also continued their work on integrating gender into the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)’s post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework through engaging in a virtual expert workshop hosted by CBD, UN Women and UN Environment, and developing targeted submissions to inform the CBD Gender Plan of Action and the post-2020 monitoring framework.

forward better


In 2020 – a year like no other – CIFOR-ICRAF continued to deliver the world’s best science on forests and trees in agricultural landscapes, shifting the conversation online as the Covid-19 pandemic evolved.

This annual report features stories about expertise, dedication and perseverance. When people responded to the pandemic with calls to ban wild meat, CIFOR-ICRAF experts stepped forward with recent, highly relevant evidence in hand, highlighting the needs of communities who rely on wild game for nutrition. Other scientists forged ahead to deliver compelling research findings on improved tree seed and restoration work in Ethiopia, agroforestry in Southeast Asia, and a new model for sustainable use of woodfuel in refugee camps – among many other topics.

CIFOR-ICRAF continued to chart its path as one organization, with a new 10-year strategy that outlines game-changing solutions to five global challenges: deforestation and biodiversity loss, the climate crisis, unsustainable supply and value chains, the need to transform food systems, and extreme inequality for women, Indigenous Peoples and vulnerable rural communities.

Three new holistic approaches will deliver actionable solutions to these challenges: Transformative Partnership Platforms, Engagement Landscapes and Flagship Products. And the newly launched Resilient Landscapes aims to leverage the power of the private sector to spur greater investment in nature-based solutions.

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) held its first fully virtual conference in June and didn’t stop there, seeing unprecedented digital growth during the year. And the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) marked its 10th science conference – also virtual – while continuing to demonstrate the power of partnership.