Analysis of one year of use of Agroecological Logbooks
This study brings the updated information with the analysis of the use of the Agroecological Logbooks referring to the period from September 2019 to September 2020, totaling 13 months of annotation. This publication complements the book published by the Semear Internacional Program in 2020 “Cadernetas Agroecológicas e as Mulheres do Semiárido”, which presented the analysis of the first six months of use of the Logbooks from August 2019 to February 2020, when 879 rural women from the semi-arid used the tool. This first publication is divided by themes, where we focused deeply on the economic participation of women in monthly family income; the construction of feminist rural technical assistance; the sexual division of labor; and the relationship of productive yards with food and nutritional security.
Presented in Logbook format, the Agroecological Logbook has four columns to organize the information about the women’s production. In it, it is recorded everyday what has been sold, donated, exchanged, and consumed, from everything that is cultivated in the spaces of women’s domain in the productive units of family farming and peasant agriculture. The Agroecological Logbook was created as a political-pedagogical instrument, at first, with the objective of “empowering” women from the visibility generated and the awareness of the importance of their own work, having as a starting point their perception of the importance of their participation in the production and in the family income, contributing, in this way, to the promotion of women’s autonomy. As the first returns from the notes appeared, the Logbook proved to be an efficient tool for monitoring the women’s production, valuing their almost invisible production for self-consumption, exchange, donation, and sale.