Equity and Rural Employment

Anderson, United States

Equity and Rural Employment

Anderson, United States
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Stloukal L.,Equity and Rural Employment | Holding C.,Management and Conservation | Kaaria S.,Equity and Rural Employment | Guarascio F.,Equity and Rural Employment | Gunewardena N.,Equity and Rural Employment
Unasylva | Year: 2013

Forests and trees on farms are a direct source of food, cash income and a range of subsistence benefits for billions of people worldwide, but there are major differences in the benefits that accrue to women and men. The review also showed that, in Africa, the extent of women's involvement relative to men in activities such as soil-fertility management, fodder production and woodlot-growing is fairly high in terms of the participation of female-headed households but low when measured by the area of land such households allocate to these activities and the number of trees they plant. Some studies have also noted that, compared with men's fields, women's farm plots tend to have a greater number of trees and more species, possibly because women like to have trees near the homestead as well as a diversity of species with which to maintain the health of their children and broaden the household food supply.

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