Gender in Farmers’ Organizations
In rural and campesino organisations inequalities between men and women are evident in various ways. Generally, women are not owners of the land they cultivate and don’t have adequate access to necessary resources such as credit, agricultural inputs and tools.
Key positions in many farmers’ organizations tend to be filled by men and women participate little in decision-making. Thus, as organisational priorities and advocacy targets are defined, the needs and interests felt most acutely by women are frequently not taken into account.
Oxfam Canada's Towards Gender Justice: Mainstreaming a Gender Perspective in Farmers’ Organizations documents the processes undertaken by the National Federation of Cooperatives (FENACOOP) in Nicaragua, the Verapaz Union of Farmers' Organisations (UVOC) in Guatemala, and the National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP) in Cuba to bring about changes in gender relations and address the obstacles to the full and equal participation of women farmers in their organizations.
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