Gender roles in production and marketing within the vegetable-agroforestry system in Bukidnon

dc.contributor.authorChiong-Javier, Elenaen
dc.contributor.departmentSustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (SANREM) Knowledgebaseen
dc.coverage.spatialManupali River Watersheden
dc.coverage.spatialThe Philippinesen
dc.description.abstractTo promote sustainable land use in the Manupali Watershed in Bukidnon, upland farmers adopted the practice of agroforestry on mountain slopes. However, the introduction of commercially viable cash crops particularly vegetables has encouraged the integration of monoculture gardens in agroforestry and dotted the landscape with vegetable-agroforestry (VAF) systems. This paper discusses selected findings from an ongoing collaborative study on the VAF system that seeks, among other goals, to investigate how linkages between small upland farmers and the markets can serve as a major driver of sustainable agroforestry and eventually lead to the betterment of the farmers' socioeconomic situation. Initial findings reveal the importance of gender considerations in linking farmers to markets. In spite of growing modernization influences, the productive and market roles of women and men heads of farm households are distinct and gender-differentiated, vary by crop, but reflect a persistently traditional pattern. Although conjugal partners share in much of the activities relating to vegetable production, the men who still assume the lead role handle the heavier or more laborious tasks, while their wives are responsible for less strenuous work but figure prominently in marketing vegetable commodities either on-farm or at the marketplace. In growing trees, women may help in tree crop maintenance but timber marketing is a male domain. While gender roles should guide any endeavor to develop VAF enterprises, it is evident that vegetable-related enterprises will most likely impact positively and directly on upland farm women.en
dc.description.notesLTRA-5 (Agroforestry and Sustainable Vegetable Production)en
dc.identifier.citationPresented in the 3rd National Agroforestry Congress "Charting the Path of Agroforestry Development in the Philippines in the Next Decade", Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines, 14-15 November 2007.en
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.subjectHousehold enterpriseen
dc.subjectCash cropsen
dc.subjectTropical zonesen
dc.subjectQuality of lifeen
dc.subjectSmall-scale farmingen
dc.subjectSustainable agricultureen
dc.subjectSmall holder enterpriseen
dc.subjectSustainable land useen
dc.subjectManupali watersheden
dc.subjectUpland farmingen
dc.subjectVegetable-agroforestry (VAF) systemsen
dc.subjectSustainable agroforestryen
dc.subjectSocioeconomic situationen
dc.subjectGender considerationsen
dc.subjectProductive rolesen
dc.subjectMarket rolesen
dc.titleGender roles in production and marketing within the vegetable-agroforestry system in Bukidnonen
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