Is quinoa on your diet? Are you tempted by the exotic scent of cardamom in your local tea shop? Any idea where the tender beans on your plate come from, and how they are produced?
The demand for new agricultural products with specific nutritional characteristics and year-round availability has constantly been on the rise in recent years – and so has their price. These market dynamics have a profound effect on the places where such products are grown. In many cases, these are rural areas in developing countries where agriculture is the main economic sector. Accordingly, high-value crops hold the promise of stimulating rural development in the global South: employment is expected to lift poor people – and women in particular – out of their multiple dependencies on small-scale agricultural production, offering them and their children new perspectives.
New film documentary by the FATE team: "An extensive survey on livelihoods in Laos"
The FATE (Feminization, agricultural transition and rural employment) project uses a mixed methods approach which combines different methodologies. The quantitative method used is an extensive household survey carried twice in two different time periods. The aim is to find the same household to have a comparison in time. This short documentary present the implementation of the second round of survey in the south of Laos.