Module on Documenting Women’s Knowledge in Agriculture

This module on Women's Knowledge in Agriculture serves as guide in documenting women's indigenous and traditional knowledge, roles and practices in crop production, post-harvest processing and marketing. The above mentioned case studies have been made as basis to develop this Module on Documenting Women’s Knowledge in Agriculture. This material is intended to serve as guide for researchers, civil society organisations, community organisers, and development workers – in documenting the inspiring stories on the roles, knowledge and skills of the women force in Asian agriculture. The specific modules presented here provide guidance on documentation of women’s knowledge in the following fields of their involvement, namely: crop production, post-harvest processing and livestock keeping. The indicators, methodologies and tools – the parameters presented in each module -- are derived from the case experiences of women in the communities written by partners of PAN AP from three countries, namely: RRAFA (Thailand), Khoj (Pakistan) and SIBAT (Philippines). While the effort recognises the peculiarities across countries in the Asian region, as revealed in the diverse pictures of women’s roles in the case studies – it is found that the parameters can well be derived as basis to develop systematic guidelines to aid future documentation – that is, retaining in each module the specific frame and context of lives of rural women in each country. Women constitute half of the agricultural force that provides the food and life-giving support to Asian peoples. More than that, women provide the sustaining force and elements to agriculture and rural lives: conservation, management, nurturance, enhancement, sustainability. These are what an empowering documentation process specifically aims to reveal.


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