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This document is a translation of a paper written in Spanish by Mercedes Pedrero, a consultant for the FAO Women and Population Division, in collaboration with the Statistics Division. Mercedes Pedrero based her work on a document by Francesca Perucci, another FAO consultant, substantially changing the content and form and adding new sections.

The exercises presented in the annexe were prepared for the 1996 regional workshop held in San Salvador: Agricultural Censuses, Statistics and Gender. This workshop brought together officers from all Spanish-speaking countries of Central America and the Caribbean. Their enthusiastic and excellent participation proved a valuable contribution to this work. The case studies were prepared by Agnès Le Magadoux, a consultant for the Women in Development Service.

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