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Gender and social equity workshop, 25 August

The workshop on gender and social equity to be held on 24 August in Bangkok will help SUMERNET partners develop a new gender and social equity research agenda for future SUMERNET projects.

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Gender and social equity workshop to be held for SUMERNET partners

The workshop on gender and social equity to be held on 24 August in Bangkok will help SUMERNET partners develop a new gender and social equity research agenda for future SUMERNET projects.

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How rubber plantations are affecting local livelihoods in Myanmar: One woman’s story

As private rubber plantations expand under the supervision of armed groups in northeastern Myanmar, village people lose their lands and are forced to migrate elsewhere to work. One woman narrates her story of how the private sector’s expansion of rubber plantations is affecting their livelihoods and food security and forcing people off their lands.

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Rubber concessions in the Mekong Region: A gender perspective

In Cambodia and Lao PDR, rubber and cash crop plantations have expanded into farmlands posing difficulties for local people, and in particular, women farmers. In Cambodia’s northeastern province of Rattanakiri, farmers practice rotational cultivation that eeds to maintain certain fallow periods without farming. However, the government does not recognise these farming practices so that land left fallow is treated as unoccupied land and given out for “economic concessions” mainly to agribusiness companies for planting cash crops like rubber. In Lao PDR, as land becomes a scarce commodity in a patriarchal society, women are further put at a disadvantage since women are the ones who are responsible for upland rice cultivation for home consumption.

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Gendered impact of cross-border agricultural investment: Case of rubber plantations in northern Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia (GIAI-Rubber)

The Mekong Region has seen a large number of cross-border investment projects in the field of agriculture. In Lao PDR and Myanmar, the investors come from China, whereas Cambodia receives investments from Vietnam. There has been considerable research on the impacts of contract farming with Chinese companies, and rubber plantation investments. However, most of the studies so far have used the household as the basic unit of analysis, and do not attempt to differentiate its impact on women and men.

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Bernadette P. Resurrección

Dr. Bernadette (Babette) P. Resurrección is a Senior Research Fellow at the SEI Asia Centre.
 
She has researched gender, livelihoods, climate change adaptation, migration, and natural resource management in Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Apart from book chapters and scientific papers in journals, she has co-edited Gender and Natural Resource Management: Livelihoods, Mobility and Interventions (Routledge, 2012) and Water Rights and Social Justice in Mekong Waters (Routledge, 2011).
 
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