Gender approaches in agricultural programmes – Zambia country report

Gender approaches in agricultural programmes – Zambia country report

Ensuring female farmers involvement in agricultural extension

In response to the persistent inequalities of women in farming despite decades of development assistance, Sida has initiated a thematic evaluation of how gender issues are tackled in Sida-supported agricultural programmes. The purpose is to increase understanding of how Sida’s development assistance in agriculture should be designed, implemented and funded to ensure that female farmers are reached, that their needs as producers are met, and that they are able to benefit from the support to achieve a positive impact on their livelihoods.

The Zambia Country Study focuses on the Agriculture Support Programme (ASP)s to establish whether (i) women farmers were effectively involved in the agricultural extension work of ASP; and (ii) whether the inclusion of women through the methodology of the ’household approach’ had led to improved agricultural production and productivity and food security.

Observations and recommendation are made about:

  • access to and control over assets
  • marketing
  • extension services
  • gender mainstreaming
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