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Mekelle University (2009)

Role of women in value-chain systems of vegetables and spices in Atsbi Wemberta Woreda, Eastern Zone of Tigray

Gebremichael, A.

Titre : Role of women in value-chain systems of vegetables and spices in Atsbi Wemberta Woreda, Eastern Zone of Tigray

Auteur : Gebremichael, A.

Université de soutenance : Mekelle University

Grade : MSc thesis (Rural Development 2009

Résumé partiel
In Atsbi-Wemberta woreda, intensive interventions have been introduced and successfully applied in the value chains of vegetables and spices benefiting over 10,000 households who produce vegetables and spices on about 1,400 ha in 2007. In these interventions, women’s participation, role and benefits shared in the value chains have not been reported. Thus the study was conducted to assess the role and benefits of women, associated constraints and suggest possible intervention in the value chains of vegetables and spices. Accordingly data was collected from individual interviews (108 interviewees) using semistructured questionnaires from five tabias drawn from beneficiary and non-beneficiary FHHs and MHHs. In each tabia, women and men farmers separate group discussions were conducted to generate further information. Each group consists of 8 farmers equally drawn from beneficiary and non-beneficiary households. The collected information was re-enforced through further group discussions with tabia administrators and DAs. The information collected from five tabias was cross checked at woreda level group discussion consists of experts from Offices of Agriculture and Rural development, Women’s Affairs and Women’s Association. Market related group discussions were also held with women vegetables and spices retailers in Atsbi, Haike Meshal and Habes market places separately. The result indicated that there was no significant difference in land ownership and quality between beneficiary FHHs and MHHs. On the other hand, MHHs had better access to sharecrop/rented in land (43%) than FHHs (8%). With regard to level of participation, about 29 % of the beneficiary households were FHHs covering about 24% of the land covered by vegetables and spices in 2007. Moreover, about 80% of the vegetables and spices retailers were women and 100% of wholesalers were men. Women involved in all activities along the value chain of vegetables and spices except in plowing

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