Acknowledge difference between tree and land tenure to enhance landscapes, urge GLF delegates

Land tenure rights are widely recognized as being central to advancing sustainable development goals, but they are only one part of the picture. As it happens, tenure rights to trees are entangled with, but different from, those to land, meaning both must be acknowledged to incentivize stewardship of the landscape by local communities.

Call for proposals: ‘Feminization’ of agriculture: Building evidence to debunk myths on current challenges and opportunities

The CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research is calling for research proposals on the topic ‘Feminization’ of agriculture: Building evidence to debunk myths on current challenges and opportunities. Proposal submission deadline - September 17, 2018.

Women at work

In the 1970s, Nepal began an ambitious nationwide forests rights devolution program, eventually seeing a significant range of forest uses and management taken out from the purview of the national government and put in the hands of Community Forest User Groups (CFUGs). PIM-supported research by CIFOR looks at the changes in ecosystem services following the shift to CFUGs, showing a host of improvements, particularly for women.

New paper on relationship between autonomy and decision making contributes to understanding and measurement of women’s empowerment

Despite widespread agreement on the importance of women’s empowerment, ambiguity still exists about how best to define and measure it. Authors of the new paper use a framework developed by psychologists and data from Bangladesh and Ghana to examine if intrahousehold decision making (sole or joint) is correlated with autonomous motivation.

Journal article: Women’s empowerment in agriculture and agricultural productivity

The new paper documents a positive relationship between maize productivity in western Kenya and women’s empowerment in agriculture, measured using indicators derived from the abbreviated version of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index.