Silvopastoral systems in Latin America: mitigation opportunities for men and women livestock producers
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Gumucio T. Mora Benard M. A. Clavijo M. Hernández M. C. Tafur M. Twyman J. 2015 Silvopastoral Systems in Latin America: Mitigation Opportunities for Men and Women Livestock Producers. CCAFS Policy Brief. CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Copenhagen. 8 p.
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In order to strengthen the capacity of livestock producers to mitigate the impacts of climate change it is important to take into account the gender relations that influence the production system. Men and women participate critically but in different ways in dairy, beef, and dual production systems in Latin America, and consideration of their interests and priorities will be key for ensuring effective implementation of mitigation actions, like those related to silvopastoral systems. Furthermore, although both women and men are agents of change, women face certain limitations due to gaps in access to and control over productive resources. Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) that address gender inequalities have better potential to harness producers’ innovative capacities and create long-term positive mitigation effects. In Latin America, the inclusion of gender perspectives in public policies is a relatively new phenomenon (FAO, 2013). Development and environmental policies have commonly failed to recognize women’s role as producers in the national economy. As a result, interventions and strategies have characteristically not addressed the different resource constraints faced by Latin-American women, inhibiting the capacity of political strategies to achieve real integrated and equitable territorial development. Recognition of the significance and economic value of the non-remunerated labor that rural women do will be critical for the development of informed decision-making on mitigation options.
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