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Women from Mexico and Costa Rica exchange experiences on sustainable livestock production
- The exchange is organized by CATIE's BioPaSOS project and the Fundación Ética Visionaria
January 27, 2020. From January 20 and for two weeks, 12 Mexican women, livestock producers, from the states of Chiapas, Campeche and Jalisco, in Mexico, will learn about the experiences of Costa Rican women from Turrialba, Esparza and Hojancha who also work in livestock production.
The exchange is promoted by the project Biodiversity and Sustainable Agros-ilvopastoral Landscapes, known as BioPaSOS, and implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), with the support of the Visionary Ethics Foundation. (Fundación Ética Visionaria)
"What we are looking for is that through this meeting Producer women become more and more empowered, acquire new knowledge about sustainable livestock and good livestock practices that they can put into practice on their farms and also share new knowledge with other producers, with technicians and even with authorities in their states. In addition, they will learn about gender equity, their challenges and opportunities as women and share their experiences with other women," said Claudia Sepúlveda, general coordinator of the BioPaSOS project.
Gabriela Orantes, technician from the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (SAGyP, its Spanish acronym) of Chiapas, who participated in the meeting, commented that working in the agricultural sector as women is difficult because many barriers must be broken, so this type of activity is important to strengthen knowledge and demonstrate that women can.
For her part, Olga León, a producer from Campeche, stated that her main expectation is to reinforce her knowledge to improve her livestock production system, as she has been doing through the recommendations provided by the BioPaSOS project.
"BioPaSOS has taught us, given us tools to realize how much money we have been throwing away and how much we have polluted. Now we are putting into practice in our cattle farm what they teach us and we are seeing better results and saving money. I know that by learning about the experience of other women I will find something that can help me," said Laura Madera, a producer from Jalisco.
Within the framework of the meeting, the Visionary Ethics Foundation works with the participants on the themes of eco-ethical leadership and the divine feminine. Eco-ethical leadership focuses on promoting the fact that to be a leader one must include care for the environment, as well as being clear about the correct behavior and words in the context of the planet and the environment.
In addition, from the divine feminine they are taught leadership based on feminine strengths, for which they work a series of exercises that help women to know themselves, understand themselves better and connect their capacity to be leaders with their feminine traits.
"Many times, being a woman leader in our community, we don't realize that there are many other women doing things, just like you, and when we come together we realize that we are not so alone and in that solidarity we grow, we increase our self-esteem, our confidence in the future and our strength to keep going," said Jan Hurwitch, director of the Visionary Ethics Foundation, about the importance of the meeting.
Muhammad Ibrahim, CATIE's director general, shared a few words of welcome with the producers during the opening of the event and introduced them to CATIE's work and mission, focusing on its education, training and research functions. He also emphasized that CATIE seeks sustainable and inclusive social, economic and environmental development, in which women's participation is necessary and important.
The 12 Mexican women who are participating in this meeting are involved with the BioPaSOS project in their Country Schools and with SAGyP in Chiapas, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER, its Spanish acronym) in Jalisco and the Ministry of Rural Development (SDR, its Spanish acronym) in Campeche.
Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-Silvopastoral Livestock LandscapesProyect (BioPaSOS)
Karla Salazar Leiva
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