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This work analyzes the social relationships of gender, the differentiated valorization of the work accomplished by men and women in Minas’ family farming. The methodology of the research was based on a qualitative approach through the case study in Cachoeirinha community, situated 8 km away from the town of Lavras-MG. Cachoeirinha is mainly inhabited by family-farmers who combine agricultural and non-agricultural business together. Women dedicate themselves household chores, farming, kitchen gardening and small animals. They reckon their household tasks as non profit- generating labor and as part of the female duties. Their subordination to family, husbands/children is explicit. In that rural community, patriarchal power stands out, restricting and subordinating women's participation.

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