IPGRI/FAO PUBLICATION SERIES: GENDER AND PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Both women and men play an important role in the conservation and use of plant genetic resources. Yet in the past, genetic resource conservation and utilization efforts have lacked a critical gender dimension, ignoring potentially rich information from men and women on the knowledge, skills and practices needed for the design of more effective management strategies. This situation is changing as more and more scientists and technicians acknowledge that the involvement of both men and women in biodiversity management is a prerequisite for effective genetic resource conservation.
FAO's Women in Development Service and the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) work together to support organizations to carry out research on the role of men and women in the management of neglected crops and in situ conservation of genetic resources. The research also provides an important testing ground for utilizing gender-sensitive and participatory methods to study and analyze farmers' knowledge and perspectives. A joint publication series on "Gender and genetic resources management" helps to disseminate the findings and lessons learned.