Gender and Environmental Governance: Exploring the Impacts of Neoliberal Policies in Smallholder Rice Farming

Authors: Akemi Inamoto*, Syracuse University
Topics: Gender, Natural Resources, Latin America
Keywords: Gender, agriculture, development, political ecology, feminist geographies
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The Colombian rice farming sector has experienced vast changes over the past two decades, changes primarily driven by an increase in imports of foreign-produced rice as well as an increase in localized effects of climate change. These changes are making rice farming an increasingly precarious livelihood. In response, many small to medium-holder farmers in the department of Tolima, Colombia are adopting more lucrative livelihood strategies such as cattle ranching, while others are forced to sell off their land and have family members migrate to urban areas. The proposed research examines the relationships between gender, class, and environmental governance among rice farmers in Tolima in the context of rapidly changing conditions. Through a feminist political ecology approach, this poster analyzes how local gender norms impact women’s participation in the spaces and processes of resource governance, focusing in particular on access to water and land.

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