CIFOR–ICRAF publishes over 750 publications every year on agroforestry, forests and climate change, landscape restoration, rights, forest policy and much more – in multiple languages.

CIFOR–ICRAF addresses local challenges and opportunities while providing solutions to global problems for forests, landscapes, people and the planet.

We deliver actionable evidence and solutions to transform how land is used and how food is produced: conserving and restoring ecosystems, responding to the global climate, malnutrition, biodiversity and desertification crises. In short, improving people’s lives.



Recognizing that gender equity is both a human right and essential to sustainable development, CIFOR-ICRAF develops and uses knowledge around gender and other inequalities to promote transformational change.

CIFOR-ICRAF explores the dynamics of gender and other social categories in forestry and agroforestry, and how these influence tenure security, livelihoods, climate change policy and action, food security and nutrition, inclusive value chains, governance, access to energy, migration and landscape restoration.

A deep and evolving understanding of gender and other social structures that mediate women and men’s roles and relations underlies all of our activities, whether as a focus of specific studies, integrated in all research projects, or within our own organization. Taking an intersectional approach to gender equity, we examine how gender intersects with ethnicity, wealth status, caste and age to influence outcomes. 

We also recognize gender equity as an inherent human right and not just a mechanism to deliver greater impact. While win-wins are ideal, we recognize that some situations call for reconciling gender equity and environmental objectives.

Gender: Fast facts

In 30 of the most forested low- and middle-income countries, over 50% have laws protecting women’s property rights. But for community tenure regimes, only 29% protect women’s membership, 10% protect inheritance rights and 3% protect their right to vote


About this team

Recognizing that the full development of production and livelihood options must consider the different roles of women and men, our work aims to explore gender dynamics and inform more inclusive and equitable policy and practice on the topics of governance principles and practice, rights and justice, gender and social inclusion, integrated approaches to multifunctional landscapes, and policy development and implementation. We aim to understand and address barriers to gender equity, to enhance inclusion, representation and participation. Our multi-pronged approach includes capacity development, strategic partnerships, outreach and engagement, and monitoring and adaptive learning. 

Using a variety of media – from videos to photo essays to research stories – we aim to amplify the voices of women, men and youth in forest and tree landscapes around the world. 


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