Via Facebook

Rural women have actively participated in the decision-making of the conservation of native varieties in order to guarantee the nutrition of family agriculture. Women´s participation is crucial in many stages of the productive cycle, including in decisions about food and health of family members. Roles and responsibilities of women have increased due to the migration of male and young people to the cities. Therefore, their contribution is key to the availability, access and quality of food for families and to reduce malnutrition that is more common in the Andean countries (chronic malnutrition and obesity).

Due to the current COVID19 context, roles and responsibilities of women have increased as they have to feed their families, and the social compromise they have with society to ensure the food supply. This situation complicates women position because they face limitations in terms of time, access to supplies (physically, productive and financially), access to knowledge and niche markets (that value nutritional benefits of agrobiodiversity)

At the same time, youth have become a bridge between rural and urban sectors in many aspects (food, technology, commerce, cultural, etc.) reaching a wider participation at different levels of the food chain. Currently, youth also play an important role specially in reduction of generation gap with the use of technology: they help adult farmers to use smart cell phones to keep contact with buyers, have access to important information, among others.

On the other side, the availability and access to information and media is wide and youth are the first in taking this advantage. Media tools, such as WhatsApp, as well as other specific platforms, are allowing different actors from food chains to communicate and respond to food requirements of the market.

In this Webinar, the International Potato Center’s Andean Initiative brings together specialists of the private sector, researchers and donors with complementary points of view in terms of new challenges, opportunities and roles of youth and women in the rural-urban-digital space in the andean food systems in transition.

August 26, 2020
10:00 am (Peru)

Viviana Infantas
Institutional Relations Specialist, CIP

Andean Initiative Facebook
CIP Facebook

To promote exchange of scientific knowledge and local experiences about the new challenges, opportunities and roles of women and youth in the rural-urban-digital space in the andean food systems in transition.

Issues to be discussed

  • Roles of women and youth in the context of transition food systems
  • The digital extensions in biodiversity conservation, technology innovation, articulation to niche markets and promotion of healthy and sustainable food.
  • Youth and their answers to climate change through the use of data (bigdata) and digital technologies
  • Challenges in the participation of youth and the digital extension in Andean food systems in the context of COVID19