Agrobiodiversity Conservation and the Role of Rural Women: An Expert Consultation Report

SEAMEO-SEARCA Headquarters
University of the Philippines Los Baños
Laguna, Philippines
10-13 September 2001


Organized by:
Food and Agriculture Organization -
Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO-RAP)
Bangkok, Thailand

International Potato Center - Users’ Perspectives With
Agricultural Research and Development (CIP-UPWARD)
Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

SEAMEO Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate
Study and Research in Agriculture (SEAMEO-SEARCA)
Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

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Editorial support: Raul Boncodin, Catherine Lopez, Marcel Barang, and Belita Vega
Cover photo: Women farmers in the mountains of Nepal (photo courtesy: LARC)

ISBN: 971-614-018-5

For copies, contact:

Revathi Balakrishnan, Ph.D.
Regional Rural Sociologist and Women in Development Officer
FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Fax: 66-2-697-4445

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List of acronyms

I. Foreword - R. B. Singh

II. Consultation overview - Dindo M. Campilan

III. Welcome message - Ruben L. Villareal

IV. Opening message - R. B. Singh

V. Keynote message - Sang Mu Lee

VI. Overview: FAO gender and the biodiversity programme - Revathi Balakrishnan

VII. Abstracts of case papers

Rural women’s role in local agrobiodiversity conservation in Bangladesh: the PROSHIKA perspective
Agrobiodiversity conservation and the role of women in Bhutan
Domestication of taro Colocasia Esculenta and its application to in situ agrobiodiversity conservation in Yunnan, southwest China
Enhancing the role of rural and tribal women in agrobiodiversity conservation: an indian case study
The role of women in sweet potato cultivation: a study of the dani people in Balliem Valley, Irian Jaya, Indonesia
Women and agrobiodiversity conservation in Lao PDR
Ethnic communities and agrobiodiversity conservation in the eastern Himalayas
Gender roles in the traditional swidden-based production system of the Ayangan of Haliap-Panubtuban, Asipolo, Ifugao
Secondary crops for secondary farmers? Meta-analysis of women’s role in root crop livelihood in the Philippines
Traditional cultivation and local variety management: gender-role case studies from northern Thailand

VIII. Synthesis of discussions

IX. Recommendations

X. Appendices

Appendix A. List of participants
Appendix B. Programme
Appendix C. FAO websites and resources on gender and biodiversity