Gender Analysis of Factors Influencing Agro-Biodiversity Conservation in Dinvar, Kermanshah Province, Iran
7 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2010
Date Written: November 12, 2010
With the dawn of the debates on agro-biodiversity erosion, more people and governments than ever before recognize the need to conserve agro-biodiversity. Although, the threat of agro-biodiversity erosion as a global concern has stimulated many studies to explore how this diversity can be maintained, practices of farmers and roles played by them in agro-biodiversity conservation have been little investigated in detail, particularly from gender analysis perspective. Considering the significance of agro-biodiversity conservation, however, women and men must play an equal part in its management. There is, therefore an urgent need to consider gender – who does or uses what and how and why – in development efforts, to ensure the sustainable conservation and use of agro-biodiversity now and in the future. Both FAO (2004) and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD 2001) identify women as users, managers and preservers of biological diversity and give priority to their recognition and consequent involvement. The contribution of women to the maintenance and enhancement of crop diversity, which is often overlooked, is very important. Therefore, an analysis of their role is an important factor in understanding agro-biodiversity management (Padmanabhan, 2004).
Keywords: Agro-Biodiversity, Agro-Ecosystem Conservation, Gender Analysis
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