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Invisible guardians: women manage livestock diversity

This paper highlights the important role of women in maintaining livestock diversity by analysing global trends in the livestock sector from the perspective of their influence on gender roles in livestock keeping and animal genetic resources management. Global case studies illustrate that while to a degree women acquire their role as guardians of diversity by default because of global trends, many also make an active and conscious contribution to livestock management. The report also highlights opportunities to enhance women’s roles as guardians of livestock diversity. It provides recommendations to integrate gender issues into projects and policies through: collecting disaggregated data on the roles of women; designing extension and training to be accessible to women; investigating family structures of women and how they influence the ability of women to interact in projects; and investigating problems women have in accessing markets for animal products.