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SEIGEN and CATIE sign agreement to promote gender equality in Chiapas, Mexico
- The agreement was signed within the framework of the BioPaSOS project that is being implemented in this Mexican state, where 134 women have been trained in sustainable livestock and biodiversity conservation.
August 28, 2020. "CATIE is honored by this collaboration with the Secretary of Gender Equality of the State of Chiapas (SEIGEN, its Spanish acronym) in Mexico, with which we want to further strengthen the activities of gender equality and inclusion that we promote through the BioPaSOS project," said Muhammad Ibrahim, general director of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) after signing the agreement on August 27.
The agreement, which was virtually signed by Ibrahim and Maria Mandiola, head of SEIGEN, aims to establish the bases and mechanisms of collaboration to take advantage of human, conceptual, material and financial resources in the areas of common interest of both institutions for their benefit and strengthening.
Witnessing the signing of the agreement were María de los Ángeles Cruz, Undersecretary of Social Economy of SEIGEN, and José Antonio Jiménez, local coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Chiapas.
It should be noted that for the project Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Landscapes, known as BioPaSOS, which is implemented by CATIE in the Mexican states of Jalisco, Chiapas and Campeche, a cross-cutting theme is the inclusion and gender equality in livestock activities. In Chiapas, through the methodology of Field Schools, 134 women have been trained in topics related to financial education, the transformation of sustainable dairy products, backyard poultry production, among others.
In addition, in the three states the project has linked women to share and exchange their experiences in the livestock activity, among them, and with women producers in Costa Rica.
"Through these actions we seek to empower women producers and, to a certain extent, vindicate their important role and contribution throughout the livestock activity in Mexico, which is often invisible," said Claudia Sepulveda, general coordinator of the BioPaSOS project.
In this sense, Mandiola said that in all areas women, girls and young women deserve to have real opportunities to move forward and to trigger their leadership and participation. "That is why the agreement we are signing is so important, because it will allow us to strengthen and mainstream the gender perspective in many activities that are of great relevance for high-impact projects in the agricultural sector, of course in favor of the women who live and participate in that sector," added the head of SEIGEN.
The BioPaSOS project is supported by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in coordination with the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO, its Spanish acronym ) and the Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER, its Spanish acronym ), with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and with multiple local partners in their areas of intervention.
José Antonio Jiménez-Trujillo
Local Coordinator in Chiapas
Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Landscapes (BioPaSOS)
Karla Salazar Leiva
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