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Gender relationships in production and commercialization of potato seed with small-scale farmers in the Central Andes of Ecuador

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dc.contributor.author Conlago, María
dc.contributor.author Montesdeoca, Fabián
dc.contributor.author Mayorga, Magdalena
dc.contributor.author Yumisaca, Fausto
dc.contributor.author Antezana, Ivonne
dc.contributor.author Andrade-Piedra, Jorge
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-24T20:47:03Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-24T20:47:03Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10625/49124
dc.description Meeting: 15th Triennial Symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC) en
dc.description.abstract A gender analysis was conducted in the central Andes of Ecuador with the following objectives (i) to identify and analyze gender relationships and benefits in potato seed producers of the farmers’ organization CONPAPA (Consorcio de la Papa) and (ii) to propose recommendations to improve the relationships among the actors of CONPAPA’s seed system. A rural participatory diagnostic with gender approach was used to gather information about general characteristics, participation in community activities, potato-related activities, decision making, and personal, family and unpaid activities. This method promoted reflection among farmers about their roles according to gender. Main conclusions were the following: first, women are a critical component for seed production in CONPAPA; second, women are being empowered by becoming part of CONPAPA seed producers groups; third, becoming part of the CONPAPA seed producers groups might be overloading women capacity; and fourth, men are still attending the most important events and are in charge of taking the most important decisions. Several recommendations were made. (i) take extra care on using training materials adapted for women and doing the training events in their native language; (ii) promote women access not only to knowledge, but also to other resources, mainly credit, so they can run their own businesses; (iii) practice affirmative action and promote women leadership; (iv) be aware that new activities could be overloading women capacity and, therefore, start the intervention with few and simple activities; and (v) make explicit the contribution made by women to specific activities. en
dc.format.extent 1 digital file (p. 56-61) en
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject ANDES en
dc.subject WOMEN en
dc.subject GENDER ANALYSIS en
dc.subject ECUADOR en
dc.subject POTATOES en
dc.subject SEED POTATOES en
dc.subject RURAL CREDIT en
dc.subject WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE en
dc.subject WOMEN IN DEVELOPMENT en
dc.subject INNOVATION en
dc.subject INNOVATION ADOPTION en
dc.subject ROOT CROPS en
dc.subject AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND POLICY en
dc.subject ACCESS TO INFORMATION en
dc.subject TRAINING en
dc.subject LIVELIHOODS en
dc.title Gender relationships in production and commercialization of potato seed with small-scale farmers in the Central Andes of Ecuador en
dc.type Conference Paper en
idrc.project.number 105359
idrc.project.componentnumber 105359007
idrc.project.title Gender in Innovation Systems en
idrc.dspace.access IDRC Only en
idrc.rims.adhocgroup IDRC SUPPORTED en


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