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Rural and tribal women in agrobiodiversity conservation: an Indian case study










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    Conserving the Agrobiodiversity heritage of the Koraput Region, India and Establishment of a Genetic Heritage Park. Format for Proposals of Candidate Systems for the Globally-important Ingenious Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) Programme
    Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)
    2016
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    Koraput region of the state of Orissa in India is known for its ecological wealth coexisting with poverty, generally referred to as the paradox of economic poverty in the midst of genetic prosperity. Koraput is a tribal district; more than 70% of the total population comprises of scheduled tribes. There are as many as 52 tribal groups in this district. The socio-economic indicators in these areas are comparable to the worst in the world with the percentage of people below the poverty line rangi ng from 72% to 83%. The genetic repository of the region is of great significance in the global context. About 79 plant angiosperm species and one gymnosperm are endemic to the region. Despite the genetic richness and poverty in plenty, no significant effort has been undertaken in the region to overcome the prevailing dichotomy between resource richness and rural poverty. The system could well be designed to provide opportunity for developing efficient people centred, pro-nature, pro-poor and pr o-women oriented programmes in the region that could bring in rural prosperity and ensuring a long term biohapinness for the people and the region. The unique features of the system assumes global importance and initiatives need to be in place for local people to be a part of the conservation and, sustainable and equitable use of the bioresources which they have been bestowed with.
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    Gender dimensions in biodiversity management and food security: policy and programme strategies for Asia 2000
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    A report of the proceedings of the FAO technical consultation on the above theme, which was jointly organized with the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai, India from 2 to 5 November 1999. Women are the main farm producers and keepers of plant genetic wealth - food crops, medicinal plants and forest produce - in Asia-Pacific countries. But their contribution is not adequately recognised in biodiversity management and agriculture policies and plans. The meeting brought together expert s from various disciplines in social and biological sciences to discuss ways for improving awareness of gender roles in biodiversity management. This in turn is expected to lead to better policies and programmes for plant genetic conservation for improved food security. Included in this document are country papers from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam.
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    How design, management and policy affect the performance of irrigation projects. Emerging modernization procedures and design standards. 2002
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    A report of the proceedings of the FAO technical consultation on the above theme, which was jointly organized with the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai, India from 2 to 5 November 1999. Women are the main farm producers and keepers of plant genetic wealth - food crops, medicinal plants and forest produce - in Asia-Pacific countries. But their contribution is not adequately recognised in biodiversity management and agriculture policies and plans. The meeting brought together expert s from various disciplines in social and biological sciences to discuss ways for improving awareness of gender roles in biodiversity management. This in turn is expected to lead to better policies and programmes for plant genetic conservation for improved food security. Included in this document are country papers from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam.

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