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Mino Randrianarison is Regional Technical Advisor for Africa at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Kenya.

 

What drives you to work for forests and land use issues?

Deforestation in Madagascar was a big issue when I was growing up (and it is still a big issue). It is closely linked to poverty for many local communities. I wanted to be useful to my country so I studied forestry to be able to help secure the future of forests.

 

Why are forests important to you from your perspective as a woman?

I don't feel that forests are important to me just because of the fact that I am a woman. Forest are important for all of us, women and men. But it has to be said that in rural communities in Madagascar, as well as in many countries in Africa, it's difficult for a woman to get a job, so they have to use forests to survive, for example by collecting firewood, food (hunting small species, several non-wood forest products, etc.) and also medicinal plants from forests.

 

How can we ensure that there is more participation and leadership taken by women in forests and land use issues?

I think there's a problem that is not only limited to the forestry sector, which is that it's not easy to combine work with family; one of the two has to give. That's what's creating obstacles for women to be more present in the work space at a high level in general. But we, as women, have the latitude to choose what we really want to achieve…