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CATIE continues to support Belize in the formulation of its agro-forestry policy
- The institution provided technical assistance to help integrate the gender perspective into this policy
March 12, 2020. For the formulation of the National Agro-forestry Policy of Belize, the country has the support of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), through technical assistance to the Belize Climate Change Office. As part of this cooperation, the Center provided technical assistance from March 2 to 6 in the cities of Belmopan and San Ignacio to help integrate the gender perspective into the development of this agro-forestry policy.
To this end, Felicia Ramírez, CATIE's gender expert, and Hellen Chocó, a graduate of the Center, carried out a participatory appraisal, which together with a review of secondary sources, will make it possible to identify gaps and opportunities for implementing the gender perspective in agro-forestry policy, as well as to learn about the state of the art on the subject of gender, within the framework of work with silvi-cultural, silvo-pastoral and agro-forestry systems in the country.
Technicians from public institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia and producers participated in the diagnosis. Mechanisms were identified for the promotion and dissemination of agro-forestry, as well as for the general participation of women in it.
"Rarely are the aspects that should be considered to incorporate the gender perspective in agroforestry policies analyzed. This diagnosis will make it possible to incorporate the perspective of the actors involved to ensure the effective participation of rural women in this agro-forestry policy, which will be a milestone in Belize and in the Central American region," said Ramírez.
In this sense, the development of this policy is seen as an excellent opportunity to include the gender perspective in a sector where the issue is marginal.
"The strategic actions arising from the policy will make it possible to articulate efforts with the governing institutions of the agricultural and forestry sector and to move towards equal opportunities and the empowerment of Belize's rural and indigenous women," Ramírez concluded.
Felicia Ramirez, CATIE's gender expert, and Hellen Chocó,
a graduate of the Center, during the diagnostic in Belize
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Agriculture, Livestock and Agro-Forestry Program