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Some key facts about women and agriculture in Bhutan:
  • The population consists to 49% of women and to 51% of men;
  • 62% of the women work in agriculture l The literacy rate among rural women is around 10%;
  • The division of labour by gender is not rigidly fixed, as men and women can take over each other's tasks, with few exceptions, and this may vary by ethnicity;
  • 70% of the land is owned by women;
  • The majority of the population follows matrilineal heritage giving women an advantage in ownership of land and livestock;
  • Women considerably contribute to house-hold income through farm and non-farm activities;
  • Women interact closely with the natural resource environment as users of wild plants and forest products;
  • As managers of home gardens, women are both managers of bio-diversity as well as providers of variety to family meals;
  • Based on the assumption of a gender-equitable socialsystem, gender-segregated data arenot readily available

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