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Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 10:00am - 11:00am
Gender mainstreaming in agricultural extension: A case study from coastal Bangladesh
MA Development Studies
University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Gender mainstreaming in agricultural extension aims at achieving gender equity by ensuring men and women's equal access to agricultural inputs, training and information. Officially listing women as farmers is the first step towards mainstreaming gender in agricultural extension. It not only formally recognizes women's contribution to agriculture but also opens up opportunities for women to systematically access agricultural extension services. The process to enlist women has begun recently in many developing countries as part of fulfilling the gender mainstreaming mandate of the agricultural programs. However, not much information exists regarding the factors that facilitate or impede women's official participation agricultural extension and how the target clients feel about this initiative. Given this background, we present a case study from the south-center coast of Bangladesh where 216 male and female farmers' were interviewed about women's active engagement in agricultural extension. A logit regression model was estimated to identify the
factors that influence the official participation of women in farming. It has been hypothesized that woman in rural households with adverse socio-economic conditions were officially listed as farmers. Such an analysis is important as officially listing women was found to increase the decision making power of women, through better access to credit, savings, training and agricultural information; thereby increasing the empowerment of women. Hence, it is vital to know the beneficiaries of such programs, such that intervention programs to increase the official participation of women in agriculture can be better targeted.
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