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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 4 Rapid appraisal for women in the North West frontier of Pakistan

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 4 Rapid appraisal for women in the North West frontier of Pakistan Mehreen Hosain The project component, which was to serve as an entry- point for the Programme. The Malakand Social Forestry Project (MSFP) is a project of the Forest Department of the The area North West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan, supported by the Netherlands The NWFP region is inhabited by Pathan Government. The project commenced in 1987 tribes, following the Pathan code or and covers the Malakand Agency, some 952 sq Pukhtoonwali. The purdah system is normally km of mainly mountain with narrow inner followed, severely restricting access to women valleys. There are no major urban centres. and their mobility. It is only possible for About half of the project area consists of steep, female project staff or researchers to have barren hillsides which. are communally owned access to village women under these socio- and covered with sparse grass and shrub cultural circumstances. Any interaction of vegetation, and devoid of any trees. Apart local women with male outsiders would be from its reforestation activities, the project has considered an affront to the honour of men, so sought to form village organisations (village ...

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