Women & plants: gender relations in biodiversity management and conservation

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Zed Books, 2003 - Nature - 298 pages
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This unique collection of in-depth case studies from Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe and North America demonstrates the importance of women and gender relations in plant genetic resource management and conservation. It provides a state-of-the-art overview of the concepts, relationships and contexts explaining the relatively hidden gender dimensions of people-plant relations. The contributors come from a rich range of disciplines including ethnobotany, geography, agronomy, anthropology, plant breeding, nutrition and development economics. They demonstrate how crucial women are to plant biodiversity management and conservation at household, village, and community levels; and how gender relations have a strong influence on the ways in which local people understand, manage, and conserve biodiversity.

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Culture Kitchen and Conservation
Wild Food Plants and Arberesh Women

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Patricia L. Howard is Research Professor, Gender Studies in Agriculture & Rural Development, Wageningen University.

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