gender dimensions in
  natural resource management

    - fao collaboration

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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.

  • Peru
    Tapia, Mario E. and Ana De la Torre. 1997
    La mujer campesina y las semillas andinas (Spanish); Women farmers and Andean seeds (English) (pdf file 1147K).

  • Bolivia
    Iriarte, L., L. Lazarte, J. Franco and D. Fernández. 1999. El rol del género en la conservación, localización y manejo de la diversidad genética de papa, tarwi y maíz (available in Spanish from IPGRI).

  • Mali
    Gender differentiated management of traditional crops

  • Guatemala
    FAO. El papel de la mujer en la conservación de los recursos genéticos del maiz in Huehuetenango (forthcoming).


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