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The socio-cultural factors affecting the participation of women in agricultural development : Khezana village in Alice district

Majali, Vuyiseka

Titre : The socio-cultural factors affecting the participation of women in agricultural development : Khezana village in Alice district

Auteur : Majali, Vuyiseka

Université de soutenance : University of Fort Hare

Grade : Master of Social Science 2012

Résumé
The study sought to investigate socio-cultural factors that contribute to the invisibility of women in agricultural activities at Khwezana village, Alice district. The present study was underpinned by a people’s –centered developmental approach paired with the feminist perspective based of ethnographic research methods, participant observation and basic individual interviews. The study mainly focused on female residents of the village, those who are active in agriculture and also those who are not practicing crop production. Rural women of South Africa have historically played a significant role by contributing in the sustainable livelihoods of the country as well as their communities. However, it has been revealed that there are factors that impede the participation of women in agricultural development. The study revealed that socio-cultural factors such as limited access to land, access to credit (due to tradition and culture circumstances), limited education and culture change in general are the major factors that significantly influence the low agricultural activity in the study village

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