Gender in Agriculture Partnership

Transforming agriculture to empower women and deliver food, nutrition and income security

Join CGIAR Gender for a webinar on Gender and Large-Scale Land Acquisition: Lessons from Oil Palm in Indonesia

Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 Time: 3 - 4 p.m. Central European Time (CET)

Led by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), this webinar will present insights from a collaborative research program that explores the science-policy interface from a gendered perspective. It brings together CIFOR researchers, research partners, and NGO partners collaborating on gender research in oil palm. The webinar shows what a ‘gender lens’ for research on the palm oil global value chain brings, and why this is important for research and for policy by drawing out practical lessons for researchers and practitioners.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Overview of key issues on oil palm in Indonesia
  • Key findings and recommendations from CIFOR’s collaborative research on gender and oil palm
  • The role of research in informing national and global advocacy networks promoting gender equality and rights of local communities and indigenous peoples
  • Lessons for other research exploring science-policy interface from a gendered perspective.


Oil palm is an ingredient used in approximately 50% of products sold in supermarkets in Europe and the United States. For middle class and low-income consumers in India, Indonesia and China, it is the most commonly used cooking oil. Indonesia is the largest producer of oil palm globally, and in the islands of Sumatra, Kalimantan and Papua, entire landscapes have, and continue to be, transformed as oil palm replaces tropical rainforests, swidden agriculture and other forms of land uses. Needless to say, it is a highly controversial crop. For some, it’s a major source of export earnings (constituting 11% of Indonesia’s global export), and a contributor of rural employment and poverty reduction in a country where 28 million people live below the poverty line. For others, it has signalled deforestation, biodiversity loss, and infringement of the rights of local people and workers employed in the oil palm economy.

But the growing concerns over the social and economic effects of oil palm rarely takes a gender balanced or gender aware point of view, despite the fact that women are very much affected by the oil palm economy, both as members of local communities who are being displaced by oil palm, and as workers and parts of smallholder households contributing to the oil palm value chains. CIFOR has been collaborating with research and development partners to address this gap and shed light on both women’s and men’s experiences of oil palm across different social groups – from local communities to migrant workers.

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