How Big of a Role Does Gender Play in Restoration Efforts?

Burkina Faso, Africa. 2009.

Gender has a whole lot more to do with the landscape of Burkina Faso than meets the eye. Marlène Elias, as part of the IUCN’s Case Study Series on Gender and Restoration, writes about the distinct relationships that each gender has with various crops—in this case it’s the shea tree—and how these relationships create distinct knowledge bases and management practices. Many non-physical components can drive a landscape, such as ethnicity, socio-cultural aspects and varying knowledge sets. Across Africa, women and men relate to trees differently, with unique perspectives driven by gendered differences in the division of household labor. In Burkina Faso, where I … Continue reading

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