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University of Bergen (2004)

Gender and Food Security in an Irrigation Scheme : Case Study of Chipapa Households, Kafue District

Chilembo, Peggy Muyangana

Titre : Gender and Food Security in an Irrigation Scheme : Case Study of Chipapa Households, Kafue District

Auteur : Chilembo, Peggy Muyangana

Université de soutenance : University of Bergen Norway

Grade : Masters Thesis 2004

Introduction
Zambia has been having frequent incidents of droughts (1992, 1994/1995 and 1997/19981 agricultural seasons) that have led to food insecurity in most rural homes especially among small-scale farmers. These are mainly dependent on rain fed agriculture and hence their food security is at stake with the frequent incidents of droughts. Thus to combat this problem the Government supports irrigation development with the overall objective, among others, to assist small-scale farmers grow more food to meet their daily requirements, buy other kinds of food stuff from money realised from the sale of the surplus crops as well as meet other requirements. Therefore with irrigation supplementing the provision of water, farmers are able to continue crop production even in periods of droughts and in the dry season. This helps alleviate the effects of droughts that lead to household food insecurity. The question in this thesis is : What is the socio-economic impact of such an intervention, i.e. irrigation development, on the targeted community, with a special emphasis on women’s situation and gender relations ?

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