Gender Aspects of Small-scale Private Irrigation in Africa

Gender Aspects of Small-scale Private Irrigation in Africa

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This Working Paper presents methodological and substantive findings of gender-differentiated quantitative farm household surveys about smallholdera€™s private irrigation technology adoption in Ghana and Zambia. Focusing on three gender variables, household headship, labor provision and plot management, the paper examines adoption rates, types of technologies and gendered labor provision in female- and male-headed households; compares adoption rates on womena€™s own plots with overall rates; compares womena€™s decision-making on irrigated plots and rainfed plots; and examines impacts of targeting strategies. Findings suggest that women are proactive irrigation adopters in spite of the many obstacles they face. Removing those obstacles serves both gender equality and irrigation policies.Either men or women can be seen as being the drivers of agricultural technological innovation. ... farm household surveys, which were carried out under the AgWater Solutions Project in Ghana and Zambia. ... However, FHHs adopted manual irrigation technologies such as buckets more often, while MHHs favored motoranbsp;...

Title:Gender Aspects of Small-scale Private Irrigation in Africa
Author:Barbara van Koppen, Lesley Hope, Willem Colenbrander
Publisher:IWMI - 2013-03-06


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