Gender baseline studies: Agroforestry and sustainable vegetable production in southeast Asian watershed: Case study: Nanggung Sub-District, Bogor, Indonesia
Trikoesoemaningtyas; H. Puspitawati; T. Herawati
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Bogor Agricultural University (IPB)
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The Vegetable Agroforestry (VAF) System developed through the SANREM Project in Indonesia is expected to alleviate poverty, food scarcity and reduce environmental degradation in Indonesian watersheds. The project on vegetable agroforestry in Indonesia is located at the Kecamatan Nanggung, a sub-district located in the western part of the West Java Province.
This project recognizes the importance of women in vegetable production in small scale farms. The participation of women in this project, however, may be impeded by many constraints against women’s participation and by women’s relative lack of time and mobility caused by their workload and multiple roles. If this project is to benefit from women’s contribution and collective views and improve the socio-economic well being of women engaged in vegetable production and agroforestry enterprises, a range of strategic and practical measures must be taken to overcome these barriers.
The first step in formulating specific gender strategies is to conduct gender analysis. Information from the gender analysis helps identify constraints and helps structure the initiative. The results of a gender analysis are incorporated into planning to ensure that development benefits and resources are effectively and equitably targeted to both women and men, and to successfully anticipate and avoid negative impacts development may have on women or on gender relations.