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From the roots to the leaves: Gender Integration for Forest, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA)

Coffee with… Tatiana Gumucio

Tatiana Gumucio is part of the Gender Integration team for FTA, and leading this team for CIAT. FTA is a CRP, which means that the research program cuts across various CGIAR centers. In this case, FTA is made up of CIAT, Worldagroforestry Centre (ICRAF), CIFOR and Bioversity.

“FTA stands for Forest, Trees and Agroforestry, in other words, it deals with so-called ‘forest goods’. Agroforestry is the integration of forestry and agriculture. An aspect of agroforestry has to do with combining forestry and agriculture with the purpose of enhancing benefits to smallholder farmers.

A question I often get is that trees are part of a forest, so why include both Forest and Trees, isn’t that redundant? But we separate “trees” from “forests” in order to consider farmers’ uses of trees on farms, for example. In comparison, a forest serves different functions.

Photocredit: Maria Alejandra Garcia (CIAT)

Photocredit: Maria Alejandra Garcia (CIAT)

Currently we are focusing a lot on value chains. Here, our main aim is to understand men’s and women’s decision-making power within value chains and ensure that benefits are shared equally between men and women farmers. The Linking Farmers to Markets (LFM) team is responsible for value chains research at CIAT, and they’ve developed a specific tool for this, the LINK methodology. We are working with LFM to help incorporate a gender perspective in LINK and strengthen the tool in this way. So this is what we are doing: we are testing a gender-sensitive LINK methodology, currently in Nicaragua and Honduras and we hope to get feedback from this pilot next year.

Besides this, we are working with ‘sentinel landscapes’ or keystone landscapes so to say. These are regions in Africa, Asia and Latin America where FTA gathers biophysical and socio-economic baseline information and use this to observe the forest, the landscapes and their use during the years.  Right now we are pulling together a Research Report for the Sentinel landscape in the Western Amazon in Peru/Bolivia. Here we are looking for specific gender opportunities for research.

Finally, we are working on developing recommendations for gender-sensitive NAMA formulation (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action). We’re especially interested in forestry and tree use aspects. Here we point out that silvopastoral systems can be advantageous for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Photocredit: Manon Koningstein

Photocredit: Manon Koningstein (CIAT)

An important part of the FTA Gender Integration Team’s work is producing knowledge-sharing activities such as our recent side event “Gender Matters in Forestry: Challenges and Opportunities” that took place at the FAO World Forestry Congress on September 10th. One of the event’s real strengths lay in the diverse approaches to gender integration that it brought together. For example, the event featured panelists from state agencies, research centers, development organizations, and multilateral institutions. The result was a rich discussion on present advances and limitations to gender integration in the forestry sector, with input from policymakers, researchers, and practitioners from Asian, Latin American and African regions.

Within DAPA, besides Linking Farmers to Markets we work together with the Ecosystem Services team,  We also actively seek opportunities to collaborate with CCAFS, taking advantage of its base here in Cali, on issues related to forest and tree use, gender, and climate change.

Please see this link to see who else forms part of the Gender Integration team of FTA

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