Women and agroforestry: four myths and three case studies

La mujer y agrosilvicultura: quarto mitos y tres estudios de caso


Women are traditionally important participants in both the agricultural and forestry components of agroforestry production. Women are frequently ignored in the design of agroforestry projects because of commonly held myths about their participation in both production activities and in public life. The involvement of women in agroforestry projects and activities are examined in case studies from the Dominican Republic, India and Kenya. Considerations for including women in agroforestry projects are discussed.


Tradicionalmente la mjuer ha jugado un papel importante en la produccion agrosilvicola, tanto en el aspecto agricola como en el forestal. A pesar de ello su participación es frecuentemente descuidada durante las etapas de identificacion y diseño de proyectos en este campo debido a mitos preconcebidos sobre su rol en actividades de producción y de desarrollo de la comunidad. Se analiza el papel de la mujer en proyectos y actividades agrosilvícolas en tres estudios de caso (Republica Dominicana, India y Kenia) identificandose situaciones concretas que conducirían a su incorporación en projectos similares.

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Fortmann, L., Rocheleau, D. Women and agroforestry: four myths and three case studies. Agroforest Syst 2, 253–272 (1985). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00147037

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