Five Skill Sets to Develop the Capacity of Women Farmers to Demand and Use Extension Information
World Ag Info Project Design Team
Solution Scenario Concept: Women smallholders in developing countries produce an estimated 70 percent of food from semi-subsistence farms, own 1% of land and receive 5-7 percent of extension services. Including women as a minimum number of beneficiaries in extension services will not redress gender inequities in access to reliable to information because women farmers’ needs are so different ffrom the neds of men farmers. Men and women often grow different crops, have different responsibilities in production and marketing, apply different cultivation technologies, and have different objectives for using their produce. Moreover, women play different roles along the marketing chain, as producers, consumers, traders, laborers and retailers of agricultural supplies and their needs for extsnion information are not uniform. The hypothesis of this note is that meeting women smallholders diverse needs for agricultural information requires extension services to establish an on-farm, participatory adaptive research service that generates recommendations developed with and validated by women in all these different capacities. This Solution will harness the proven power of women’s self-help groups as a foundation for woman-centered agricultural extension.
WorldAgInfo Project Solution Scenario 6: Gender Issues. Based on the deliberations of participant groups in Workshop 1, the WorldAgInfo Design Team drafted a problems and solutions summary document (available within Section Three of the Final Report). This is one of several potential solution scenarios to emerge through that process. These were in turn used to inform proposed information projects generated by Workshop 2 participants in Livingstone, Zambia (available within Section Two of the Final Report).
World Ag Info Project
Information Systems; Agriculture; ICT; Agricultural Development; International Development; Agricultural Education