The Action Fund through the Paisajes Conectados program developed in Caquetá the third minga of gender thinking, a strategy aimed at the participative construction of the guidelines in Gender in Conservation and Food Sovereignty, from the women’s organizations of Belén de los Andaquíes and San José del Fragua, for his training and political advocacy in local environmental agendas.
In this third meeting, held on December 2 and 3, 2016, women from the department of Caquetá represented in six organizations participated: the Departmental Women’s Platform; the female midwives of the Tandachiridu Inganokuna Association; the Community Council of Women of San José del Fragua; the Documentation Center for Gender Studies and Paz Blanca Gálvis; the Association of Women in Entrepreneurship and the Municipal Bureau of Women Belemites.
Several of the participants of these organizations are women who collect criollo and native seeds, a task that is fundamental in the process of strengthening food sovereignty, so one of the products of the meeting was the survey of seeds, discriminating the number of abundant, scarce and missing species. The number that caught the attention was that of the scarce species “If we do not pinch ourselves, it is possible that the 109 scarce species disappear, and this shows us that we are losing the capacity to be self-sufficient to feed ourselves …”. Of the seeds inventoried as abundant, only 13 species are food, depending on these the nutrition of families in the area.
We also analyzed the spaces of use in relation to the loss of trees and animal species, loss of water sources, loss of traditional recipes and lack of income. One of the groups analyzed the deterioration of the human body by diseases associated with food. This shows that the strengthening of food sovereignty is strategic and must contemplate actions of exchange, multiplication, conservation and recovery of seeds; The recovery of medicinal seeds was also proposed, so that through their use, the belief in their effectiveness and ancestral knowledge is also recovered.
The realization of the minga of thought is one of the actions with which the Paisajes Conectados program contributes to the collective construction of the guidelines and political incidence of women at the local level, which results in contributions to the conservation of ecosystems, knowledge of the region and appropriation of an Amazonian culture:
“They are strategies that help us to defend our territory and the seeds, to recognize who we are, where we are and what we have, it is a tool that helps us to guide the projects that are done in our territory …”.
This process, in which 60 women of the region participated, along with other strategies implemented by the Paisajes Conectados program in the department of Caquetá, has been developed in partnership with Amazon Conservation Team Colombia and the Gobernación de Caquetá.
At the end of the process, which culminated with this third meeting, a certificate of participation was given in the Minga de Pensamiento course for the formation and political advocacy of women from the south of Caquetá, granted by the Faculty of Agroecological Engineering of the Universidad de The Amazon.
The memories of the process, like the constructed guidelines, can be consulted in an official publication of the Paisajes Conectados program, which is in the process of completion.
The achievement of the outlined objectives and the implementation model represent a positive experience in gender and conservation, with significant lessons learned, so Paisajes Conectados will replicate this same process with women from the municipalities of Solano and Cartagena del Chairá, where the The methodology will be led by the Social Platform and Policy for Peace and the Advocacy of Women of the Department of Caquetá.