Study paints nuanced picture of gender roles in forestry

28 April 2014

BOGOR, Indonesia (28 April 2014) — A global study challenges conventional notions of gender roles in forest management, showing that both men and women collect forest products, both for subsistence and for market.

The global study is the product of the Poverty and Environment Network (PEN), a collaborative effort led by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). The largest quantitative global-comparative research project to date on forests and rural livelihoods, it analyzes data gathered from some 8,000 households in 24 developing countries.

“Challenging perceptions about men, women and forest-product use: A global-comparative study” is one of five initial papers to emerge from the study. The others tackle themes of income generation and rural livelihoods, forests as safety nets, forest clearing and livelihoods, and land tenure and forest income.

The research papers appear in a special issue of World Development journal alongside one PEN case study and six non-PEN studies ranging from micro-level cases to national-level analyses.

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