gender
  dimensions in natural resource management

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Gender
  • refers to the relationships between men and women, their roles and responsibilities
  • gender analysis helps development practitioners to understand men and women's postitions, roles, views and perspectives

Natural resource management

  • refers to the natural resources - water, soil, wild and domesticated plants ands animals - used by rural people to farm and make a living

Men and women have diverse knowledge, perceptions, skills and practices that are valuable for the management of natural resources for food security and rural livelihoods. It is important that development practitioners, researchers and decision-makers are not only aware of the diversity of human capital but also seek to build on people's own knowledge and abilities to support sustainable development strategies.

The Women and Population Division (SDW) of FAO plays a key role in generating and disseminating information about the gender dynamics of natural resource management. The aim of the Division's work is to enhance understanding among rural people, development practitioners, researchers and decision-makers about these issues and upgrade their skills to use gender-sensitive and participatory approaches. This work is implemented in partnership with other FAO technical divisions, international research centres, government institutions and NGOs and incorporates the experience of several FAO field projects.

The purpose of this site is to share information emerging from SDW's work with interested organizations and individuals.

The site is under development

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