June 8, 2021. A group of women from the state of Jalisco, who participated in an exchange of experiences on sustainable livestock production with other women from Mexico and Costa Rica, held two workshops in May to share their experiences with women livestock producers from the communities of Peñitas and Truchas, Cihuatlán and La Yerbabuena, in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco; organized by the Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Livestock Landscapes project, known as BioPaSOS, and the Visionary Ethics Foundation.
In the workshops, the women summarized the experience of the exchange, where they strengthened their capacities in leadership, productive systems, communication, as well as conservation, management and sustainable use of natural resources, how to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their role as women in livestock and the community.
A total of 22 women engaged in livestock farming participated in both workshops, who expressed their gratitude for the experiences shared and recognized the importance of these spaces for their empowerment and recognition of the activities they carry out in their daily lives (home, farming activities, education and childcare), contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Arcelia Sánchez and Laura Madera, Mexican producers who visited Costa Rica during the exchange, mentioned that the experience opened new horizons in their way of producing, and that they can now contribute with the knowledge acquired in their localities, as well as in the Field Schools of which they are part, within the framework of the BioPaSOS project.
"The experience in Costa Rica gave us extensive knowledge and strengthened our capacities as producers and women in society, so now with these workshops we are seeking to strengthen the capacities of our colleagues at the Field School and in our community," said Madera.
Judtih Herrera, an operational technician from the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP, its Spanish acronym) of the Sierra de Manantlán Biosphere Reserve (RBSM, its Spanish acronym), who participated in the exchange on Tico soil and collaborated with the development of the workshops in Jalisco, mentioned that the process was a learning experience. "I can say that I strengthened my personality and self-esteem when I saw how many women in the agricultural sector were empowered; now they recognize themselves as an important part of the livestock activity and are aware of the role they play within the family and community," said Herrera.
Juan Betanzos, local coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Jalisco, mentioned that this type of spaces will be continuously led by the project since it is fundamental to promote the participation of women in the productive, social and environmental spheres of their communities.
Project BioPaSOS is implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), with the support of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in coordination with the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO, its Spanish acronym) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRICULTURA), with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and together with multiple local partners in their territories of intervention.
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Juan Edduardo Betanzos
Local Coordinator in Jalisco
Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Landscapes (BioPaSOS)