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Women farmers’ participation in agricultural research

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Focus group discussion with male participants in Lemo (Photo credit: ILRI\Annet Mulema)

Africa RISING Ethiopia studies factors enhancing or hindering women farmers’ participation in agricultural research

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In Ethiopia, the number of women engaged in agriculture is increasing as more men withdraw from farming.

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A female researcher interviewing a female farmer (Photo credit: ILRI\Annet Mulema) – https://farm1.staticflickr.com/499/19719304860_07e690bb57_n.jpg

Although women play a central role in agriculture and family well-being, their roles remains invisible. Women farmers’ participation in agricultural research and extension is still very low.

Further, researchers in Africa RISING have observed low participation by women in the innovation platforms and research groups that are at the heart of the project in Ethiopia. Low participation by women has implications on the type of decisions made and how they impact on the less represented groups. Low participation of women in research groups also has implications on the adoption of the technologies experimented with and benefit sharing amongst men and women.

To address these issues, Africa RISING recently carried out a study to identify the underlying factors that enhance or hinder women farmers’ participation in agricultural research and extension activities in Ethiopia to ensure that they benefit equitably.

Read the full article: Africa Rising

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.