Exploration of cultural norms and practices influencing women’s participation in chickpea participatory varietal selection training activities: A case study of Ada’a and Ensaro districts, Ethiopia

Njuguna, E M and Liani, M L and Beyene, M and Ojiewo, C O (2016) Exploration of cultural norms and practices influencing women’s participation in chickpea participatory varietal selection training activities: A case study of Ada’a and Ensaro districts, Ethiopia. Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security, 01 (03). pp. 40-63. ISSN 2413922X

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Abstract

In order to encourage gender equality in delivery of varietal knowledge to male and female farmers in Ada‟a and Ensaro districts of Ethiopia, chickpea breeders set a policy that each male farmer would bring along his wife to participatory varietal selection sessions. Women farmers did not attend planned trainings as expected. Using small-n approach, the „reasons‟ women in these communities did not take up the training opportunities were explored. Vignettes designed to depict the lives of a typical Ethiopian couple were used for exploring negotiations between husband and wife on „participation‟ decisions. Short radius of movement, labour burden, sex of extension agents, intimacy and harmony in the home emerge as key factors considered by women. We propose dialogue between men, women, the old and the young to initiate transformation of gender relations to cede „space for women‟, to build capacities to support chickpea production, and agriculture in Ethiopia.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : East & Southern Africa
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cultural norms, Women's participation, Agricultural trainings, Participatory varietal selection, Chickpea, Ethiopia, Gender research
Subjects: Mandate crops > Chickpea
Others > Gender Research
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2016 05:27
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2016 05:27
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/9791
Official URL: http://agrigender.net/views/gender-and-diet-change...
Projects: UNSPECIFIED
Funders: CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes
Acknowledgement: This work was supported by funds from the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes. The authors would like to thank the Debre-Zeit Agricultural Research Center staff for their field support in data collection. We are very grateful for helpful comments made by participants of a feedback workshop in Ethiopia. We also acknowledge valuable comments made by anonymous reviewers. Any error remains the responsibility of the authors.
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