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Pastos y Forrajes

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CAMPOS-GOMEZ, Maybe et al. Gender experience in the Local Agricultural Innovation Program in Matanzas province, Cuba. Pastos y Forrajes [online]. 2018, vol.41, n.2, pp.151-156. ISSN 0864-0394.

The empowerment of rural women is essential for the promotion of sustainable agricultural development and the improvement of food security. This study was conducted in the Martí, Perico, Colón and Jagüey municipalities, of Matanzas province Cuba, in order to socialize the experience of the gender axis in the framework of the Local Agricultural Innovation Program (PIAL, for its initials in Spanish). The methodology used allowed to interrelate theory, practice, action and participation, through workshops, participant observation, animation dynamics, life histories and storm of aspirations. It could be noted that women suffer an excessive burden of tasks and responsibilities, proven by the fact that, besides helping in the work of the farm, they undertake domestic chores and children care; while men mostly perform the role of providers. Men aspire to achieve balance and harmony in the family, to improve home economics and farm prosperity; while women, although coinciding with this criterion, also want to excel professionally. The Local Agricultural Innovation Program in Matanzas province has achieved their integration to favor the social recognition of rural women, as well as their participation and influence on decision-making. The great challenge faced by development projects today is to achieve the empowerment of Cuban rural women.

Keywords : decision making; rural women; social participation.

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