This training manual focuses specifically on the linkages between local knowledge systems, gender roles and relationships, the conservation and management of agrobiodiversity, plant and animal genetic resources, and food security. Its aim is to promote a holistic understanding of these components.
The training objective is to strengthen the institutional capacity in the agricultural sector and to recognize and foster these linkages in the relevant programs and policies. The manual is divided into five modules. Each module contains fact sheets, covering key aspects and linkages between agrobiodiversity, gender and local knowledge. The fact sheets include short case examples to show practical evidence of the relevance of the topics. The rationale behind this structure is to permit flexible use of the manual. Each fact sheet contains a list of Key Points at the end, to help the reader synthesize the information covered. Depending on the demand, and need of the participants, modules can be added or taken out.