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Women and men play key roles with respect to environmental protection and social and economic development in mountain areas.
Women are often the primary managers of mountain resources, guardians of biodiversity and the main actors in terms of agriculture, animal husbandry and other small scale economic activities. In mountain communities, women  are keepers of traditional knowledge, custodians of local culture and experts in traditional medicine.

However, women mountain dwellers are often invisible and their voices go unheard. They rarely participate in decisions affecting the management and use of local resources; they often lack basic rights, have little access to ownership and land tenure rights, education, health services and training. Since women and girls have less access to household resources, they are at a greater risk of hunger and malnutrition.

As men migrate to lowlands areas or abroad in search of better income, women are left to manage the farm and household and participate in small trade and income-earning activities. Yet lack of access to credit hampers efforts to improve or expand their farm activities and earn cash incomes.Inaccessibility shapes the lives of mountain communities. Further, the challenges men and women face in mountain regions is intensified by altitude, steep terrain and isolation.

 

Solar cooker improves Tajik mountain family’s well-being

Solar cooker improves Tajik mountain family’s well-being

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Story by Timur Idrisov, originally published on The Little Earth’s website

The village of Roshorv, where 43-year-old Gulisandzhid lives, is located at an altitude of more than 3 000 metres above sea level in the upper part of the Bartang Valley of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region of Tajikistan. The nearest main...

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Mountain Partnership’s UN Food Systems Pre-Summit event on food systems in mountains

Mountain Partnership’s UN Food Systems Pre-Summit event on food systems in mountains

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The August 2021 issue of Peak to Peak highlights the outcomes of the Mountain Partnership's UN Food Systems Pre-Summit parallel session on mountains and sustainable food systems. Top news stories cover a side event on mountains held in the margins of the 2021 High-level Political Forum, an overview of the...

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Next MP Global Meeting to be held in Aspen, USA in 2022

Next MP Global Meeting to be held in Aspen, USA in 2022

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The July 2021 issue of Peak to Peak announces the host and location of the sixth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership, to be held in 2022. Members' Voices features new member Last Forest Enterprises Pvt. Ltd., a social enterprise that promotes eco-friendly, thoughtful and meaningful products made by indigenous communities in the mountains of...

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Members’ voices: Mathew John, Last Forest

Members’ voices: Mathew John, Last Forest

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Last Forest is a social enterprise pioneering sustainable living choices by connecting communities to markets. We promote eco-friendly, thoughtful and meaningful products made by indigenous communities in the mountains of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in South India.

Indigenous communities represent 8.6 percent of the population of India. They are the...

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MP's dialogue highlights sustainable food systems in mountains

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The diversity of mountain food systems and the role of mountain people as custodians of knowledge and agrobiodiversity were highlighted in an Independent Dialogue organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat to inform the first-ever UN Food Systems Summit. This milestone Summit, which will take place in New York in September...

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Mountains and sustainable food systems: Drivers of sustainable development

Mountains and sustainable food systems: Drivers of sustainable development

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As a contribution to the UN Food Systems Summit 2021, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat will host an independent dialogue on "Mountains and sustainable food systems: Drivers of sustainable development" on 18 May. The dialogue aims to show the specificity of mountain food systems as well as generate innovative and...

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