Participants during the Inception Workshop in Protea - Kampala

Research

SUPPORTING BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR RURAL WOMEN IN EAST ANDSOUTHERN AFRICA: THE CASE OF ZIMBABWE, UGANDA AND KENYA

This is a two-year tripartite IDRC funded research in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Uganda. It aims to support economic empowerment of rural women in agriculture through identification and promotion of business enterprises and the creation of decent sustainable jobs.

The study is based on the premise that women constitute the majority of the agricultural labour force in Africa including Kenya, but are often trapped in either subsistence farming or in providing cheap agricultural labour to large commercial farms and plantations, which keeps them in poverty and vulnerable to economic shocks. Further, women are victims of gender inequality and are often disadvantaged in accessing credit, productive farm inputs and the challenges that come with the patriarchal systems.

The study utilises action research methodology. It is deemed appropriate for this study because it is used in real situations and its primary focus is on understanding situations and solving real problems.


ACCOMPLISHED EVENTS

  • Mapping of the study sites.
  • Women's groups and other stakeholdes established.
  • Research tools developed.
  • Research assistants/enumerators trained.
  • Pre-test conducted.
  • Data collection completed.

UPCOMING EVENTS


  • Data cleaning, data entry and analysis.
  • Validation.
  • Training the women farmer groups on entreprenural and other relevant skills.


ACCOMPLISHED EVENTS

  • Mapping of the study sites.
  • Women's groups and other stakeholdes established.
  • Research tools developed.
  • Research assistants/enumerators trained.
  • Pre-test conducted.
  • Data collection completed.

UPCOMING EVENTS


  • Data cleaning, data entry and analysis.
  • Validation.
  • Training the women farmer groups on entreprenural and other relevant skills.


Project Partners

IDRC project 01


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