Skip to main content


Marlène Elias

Gender Specialist,

Conservation and Management of Forest Genetic Resources

Did you know?

  • More and more agricultural work is being done by women as men move to non-farm jobs.
  • Women often have responsibilities, such as fetching water, collecting fuelwood, and looking after children that make them more vulnerable than men to the impacts of climate change (Wright and Chandani 2014).
  • Female farmers produce less than their male counterparts because they have less access to or ownership of land, use fewer inputs and have less access to important services such as extension services.
  • If women had the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase yields on their farms by 20–30%. This could raise total agricultural output in developing countries by 2.5–4%, which could in turn reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 12–17% (FAO 2011 p. 5).

Learn more facts


GENNOVATE: a cross-CRP, global comparative research initiative which addresses the question of how gender norms and agency influence men, women, and youth to adopt innovation in agriculture and natural resource management.

Watch a webinar about GENNOVATE here.           

Find out more

Forest Genetic Resources Training Guide

Available in English and Spanish, the Forest Genetic Resources Training Guideis a tool for teaching and learning about forest genetic resources issues in formal education or on-the-job training. Through its modules, you will learn about the links between sustainable forest management and forest genetic resources, covering areas such as conservation strategies, trees outside forests, seed supply chains, and forest management, forest restoration and logging.


Bioversity International's research on gender is part of the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research, and is supported by CGIAR Trust Fund Donors

Related news

No news available.