Farmlands, or agricultural landscapes, captures the interest of a number of researchers based at the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University. On this blog we share information about research findings, activities, events and comments related to our work.
Our interest in farmlands has three roots: farming, landscape and society.
Farming as a practice, including farmers knowledge and labour investments
Landscape as society-nature relations, congealed history, and as space and place
Society as a short form for institutions, gender relations, political economy and scientific relevance
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Friday, March 20, 2015
New publication on Venezuela
""Does the Revolution have a Peasant Face?" A case study on the active participation of women in an irrigation project in the Venezuelan Páramo".
In Venezuela, women’s participation in decision making processes has improved thanks to the Bolivarian revolution. While it has been shown that legislative changes have brought about achievements for women in urban areas, there are no similar studies done in rural zones. This article is a first attempt to fill this scientific gap. Qualitative data have been gathered with a focus on gender, in order to investigate women’s participation in the spatial organization of the economic and productive system of Mixteque, in the municipality of Rangel, in the state of Mérida, Venezuela. The results show that while women are mainly in charge in the municipal council, their participation is passive in decision makings related to the productive processes. The irrigation committee is indeed mainly composed by men, who consequently control agriculture, which is the most important economic activity in Mixteque. Our study also indicates that although patriarchal relations are changing in some families, at the community level there has been a reinforcement of the productive/reproductive work division between men and women, respectively. This article confirms that Venezuela is a unique case when it comes to the legislative impulse towards women’s participation and that gender equality has been improving. Nevertheless, it emerges, most importantly, that women farmers in the Venezuelan Andes are no different from their counterparts in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia: none of them has direct access to water management decision making. Given its novelty within the discipline of geography in Venezuela, this research can help to illuminate how new organizational processes could – if they could – change gender roles in Venezuela.
Find the full article in Spanish here.