Public Policy Design for Rural Women Farmers Enabled by Social Innovation

Authors: Amparo Gonzalez*, Manchester Metropolitan University
Topics: Gender, Cultural and Political Ecology, Agricultural Geography
Keywords: Public Policies, Small Scale Agriculture, Gender, Social Innovation
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Virtual 33
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A proposal is presented for public policies formulation for small-scale agriculture, with emphasis on the role of women. The study will be developed in a community in ChiloƩ, Chile.
Gender studies help to deepen the understanding of the inequalities that persist in rural communities . In Latin America and the Caribbean, there are 58 million rural women farmers (RWF). In Chile, RWFs represent 7% of the population. The main problems of RWFs are limited access to land, education, services, as well as production methods (i.e. crop rotation, water use efficiency, soil fertility maintenance, and others). Moreover, the most critical issue is the invisibility of their work, to their family, the community, the state and statistics. In Chile, RWF often does not feel protected by existing public policies, which ignore their perspective and experience of their workplace and fail to guarantee the protection of their ancestral seeds.
This study aims to implement a social innovation process as a new form of civic involvement, participation and democratization, contributing to the empowerment of disadvantaged groups and leading to better citizen involvement which may, in turn, lead to the fulfilment of until now unsatisfied human needs with women seed keepers in the Community of ChiloƩ. Participatory methods will be used, combining iterative phases of research and action/problem-solving. The researcher will work closely with Chiloe's women to help develop new insights on women farmers' experience. Coproduction workshops involving women farmers, local employers and policymakers will contribute to co-creating innovative gender-sensitive policies.

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