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Role of women in agriculture

Role of women in agriculture

Approximately 95% of women work in subsistence agriculture or the informal sector, using low levels of technology. According to the Ministry of the Environment and Tourism, women play an important role in the utilization and management of forest resources.

Division of Labour by Gender. Women divide their time between agricultural and domestic tasks, spending as much as 16 hours a day in such work, including food processing and preparation. Their limited access to water and fuel increases their work burden. Data is needed on the gender division of labour in agriculture.

Gender Relations in Decision-making in Farming Activities. Social and economic decisions in the family and the community are usually made by men and the elderly. Although public life is dominated by men, since the 1980s a growing number of women's groups have been promoting the interests of women.

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