Gender inequality is among the biggest challenges the world faces in creating a more sustainable future. Across the planet from the tropics of Southeast Asia to the drylands of Africa, women play key roles in land-use decisions. They make up almost half of the world’s farmers and in many parts of the world women have traditionally been the primary domesticators of forest-based food and medicinal plants; they have highly specialized knowledge on trees and forests, species diversity, management, use and conservation practices. Their participation in land-use decisions can help alleviate poverty and build sustainable farming practices.

In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March, CIFOR-ICRAF are highlighting women’s crucial role in building a better future for people and the planet. Our special feature provides a collection of materials on women and their role in land-use from Asia, Latin America and Africa and covers decision-making, traditional gender roles, forest-based enterprises and much more. CIFOR-ICRAF have been investigating the ways inclusive decision making can contribute to more sustainable and profitable outcomes for communities across the Global South. We hope you find this feature insightful and impactful.

Happy International Women’s Day!