Across the world, the agricultural roles of men and women differ. Gender makes a difference in agricultural initiatives because taking into account women’s concerns and knowledge helps to increase farm productivity and the sustainable management of natural resources.
Each contracting party of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) must develop National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) which must include the active involvement of all social groups. This factesheet highlights examples of how different countries included gender in their NBSAPs.
Both men and women play a role in agricultural biodiversity. Nevertheless, the role of women is less recognized, even though women are responsible for 60-80% of food production in the developing world. This factsheet covers the importance of including a gender perspective in agriculture biodiversity policies, including the Convention on Biological Diversity.