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University of Namibia (2017)

An assessment of the impact off green schemes and gender on economic empowerment : a case of female small scale farmers in Ndonga-Linena, Kavango East, region

Endunde, Cecilia

Titre : An assessment of the impact off green schemes and gender on economic empowerment : a case of female small scale farmers in Ndonga-Linena, Kavango East, region

Auteur : Endunde, Cecilia

Université de soutenance  : University of Namibia

Grade : Master of Gender and Development Studies 2017

Résumé
This thesis explored the impact of green schemes and gender on economic empowerment of women. In particular, it informs on gender participation in the green schemes ; decisions on access and control of resources ; production and income ; green scheme impact on the small-scale farmers (ssfs) and on gender disparity in agriculture. A qualitative research methodology was used where questionnaires and interviews were used for data collection on 16 small-scale farmers at Ndonga-linena green scheme. Although the study’s target were women, male small-scale farmers were also interviewed to analyse the extent of empowerment. The study found that 80% of the small-scale farmers at Ndonga-linena green scheme originate from other regions than the Kavango east region, an indication that green scheme projects are national than regional in their target of beneficiaries. Green schemes, although not fully, empowers women as they make decisions over access to credits, the marketing and sale of products and control over their income and expenditures. The study further revealed that female small-scale farmers out-performed the male small-scale farmers in terms of high crop yield and profit. In addition, the female small-scale farmers displayed control over the agricultural resources as well as leisure time despite other household chores. Since fewer females than males are participating as small-scale farmers, there is a need to increase women participation, to increase production and address past injustices. The study significantly contributes to an understanding of women’s economic empowerment through agriculture.

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