International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Power of Women’s Knowledge in Food Security at the Rural Families in Indonesia (The Case in South Sumatera)
Yunindyawati, Titik Sumarti, Soeryo Adiwibowo, Aida Vitayala, Hardinsyah

This article examines the power, knowledge, and role of women in the rural families in South Sumatera, Indonesia. It argues that women have knowledge and power to manage the natural and human resources as a strategy to achieve families food security. By analyzing the knowledge of women, traceable heritage knowledge, craftsmanship and knowledge gained from the various actors, this article helps to locate and give arguments to understand current women position on the poor families in Indonesia. It then, demonstrates how in the families, the women’s knowledge as the power to contribute families food security and to relate with their husbands. Finally, this article concludes that heritage knowledge such as the knowledge of managing natural resources, processing and preserving food and others knowledge are the source of women power. These power provide renewed impetus for increasing role, bargaining position, and at times, creating equality in gender relation.

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