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Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (2018)

The impact of improved seeds on female farmers’ food security in the Arsi region, of Ethiopia

De Guevara, Laura Verena

Titre : The impact of improved seeds on female farmers’ food security in the Arsi region, of Ethiopia

Auteur : De Guevara, Laura Verena

Université de soutenance : Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz,

Grade : Master Thesis 2018

Résumé
Female farmers in the global south are one of the most disadvantaged and food insecure groups of people worldwide. However, if they are provided with the correct tools and/or opportunities, they hold key positions in curbing poverty and food insecurity. The effects of agricultural innovations, such as improved seeds, have been assessed in a limited way in how they can precisely improve female farmers food security. This thesis assesses how improved seeds influence the four dimensions of food security, namely availability, accessibility, utilization, and stability of female farmers. The methodological approach follows a quantitative (three food security indicators : Household Dietary Diversity Scale (HDDS), Household Coping Strategy (HCS)), and Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES)), and a qualitative (structured interviews) approach. The thesis concludes that overall, improved seed-adopters have a higher food security than non-adopters in all four dimensions, however, further research is required to reveal more in-depth knowledge.

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