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Policy Brief on Acceleration of Sustainable Palm Oil Development through Gender Responsive Policies in Indonesia

  • Published on February 11, 2022

In the framework of encouraging more gender mainstreaming in sustainable palm oil development efforts, it is important to recognize which gender issues have emerged in the sector. This is imperative since these issues will have more effect on women and other vulnerable groups. In this study, a Gender analysis was performed by mapping the policies using the Social Relations Approach Analysis Tool (Kabeer & Subrahmanian, 1996), combined with the Feminist Policy Analysis Framework (McPhail, 2003). A discourse analysis was also carried out in order to see how gender equality (or gender imbalance) arises in palm oil-related policies. The result of this analysis was compared to the situation in the field as obtained from the study of documents and focus group discussions with the relevant stakeholders; including representatives from the government at national and sub-national level, private sector, and civil societies. The result was then analyzed using the abovementioned tools: Social Relations Approach Analysis Tool and Feminist Policy Analysis Framework.

This study helped to discover that currently there are several gender responsive policies that can be used as the main reference for the Government of Indonesia to further promote sustainable palm oil development with gender perspective.

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