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University of Zambia (2016)

Gender mainstreaming in conservation agriculture : lessons from conservation agriculture programme II in Mapanza, Southern Zambia

Hachiboola, Priscilla

Titre : Gender mainstreaming in conservation agriculture : lessons from conservation agriculture programme II in Mapanza, Southern Zambia

Auteur : Hachiboola, Priscilla

Université de soutenance : University of Zambia

Grade : Master of Science in Environmental and Natural Resources Management 2016

Résumé partiel
This study sought to examine gender mainstreaming (GM) in the Conservation Agriculture (CA) : Lessons from Conservation Agriculture Programme II (CAP II) in Mapanza area, Choma District of Zambia. The objectives of the study were to assess the extent of participation of women and men in the CAP II and to examine how the women and men farmers in the study area relate to various CA practices. Three Focus group discussions, key informant interviews, 30 questionnaires and secondary data were used to collect data. The data was analysed using descriptive statistics and content analysis. In terms of the extent of gender representation in the implementing structure, results indicated a dominance of men which stood at 91 percent compared to nine percent of women. This is due to lack of a clear gender policy. Furthermore, training materials showed that the English language that is used in developing training materials is not easily understood by the gender that is illiterate. Results also showed that the extension training approach is open, flexible and voluntary giving women and men high access to extension trainings. However, other factors such as household responsibilities for women and off farm income generating activities negatively influenced women and men’s attendance of training. As regards gender relations in CA practices, 27 percent women compared to 33 percent men practiced crop rotation.

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