Empowering Women in Integrated Crop-Livestock Farming through Innovation Platforms: Experience in Semi-arid Zimbabwe

Homann-Kee Tui, S and Senda, T and Dube, T and Van Rooyen, A F (2018) Empowering Women in Integrated Crop-Livestock Farming through Innovation Platforms: Experience in Semi-arid Zimbabwe. ICRISAT.

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Empowering Women in Integrated Crop-Livestock Farming through Innovation Platforms has drawn upon the experience gained during the ZimCLIFS project in semi-arid Zimbabwe, funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, to introduce legume fodder crops like Mucuna as a better livestock feed, to improve market linkages for farmers to benefit from higher livestock productivity and to enhance knowledge and skills among support services enabling upscaling of the impacts of the integrated crop-livestock systems. In particular, it looks at how agricultural innovation platforms of commodities important for women farmers (goat, groundnut) can empower women in this rural context. In rural Zimbabwe, women farmers face multiple challenges such as degraded soil, lack of labor, inaccessible/far-off markets to sell their produce/livestock, inadequate supplies of resources (seeds/fertilizers), as also climate change-related issues such as frequent droughts and dry spells. Innovation platforms that support integrated crop-and-livestock systems and particularly increase women farmers’ ability to grow and monetize high-value crops and livestock can significantly mitigate the challenges faced by them and improve their livelihoods. By encouraging women to participate in processes of market development, capacity building and infrastructure improvement, a gender-sensitive framework can be implemented and maintained sustainably...

Item Type: Other
Divisions: Research Program : East & Southern Africa
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems
CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Integrated Crop-Livestock Farming, Innovation Platforms, Women farmers, Zimbabwe, Drylands, Resilience
Subjects: Others > Innovation
Others > Semi-Arid Tropics
Others > African Agriculture
Others > Gender Research
Others > Zimbabwe
Others > Drylands
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2018 05:34
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2018 11:01
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/10421
Acknowledgement: The Research Programs Resilient Dryland Systems and Policies, Institutions and Markets supported the assessment on gender in decision making over crops and livestock. The ICRISAT Zimbabwe groundnut initiative provided information on farmers’ feedback on the potential in groundnuts. Authors thank Peter Balantyne, Busani Bufana, Alastair Orr, Jerome Bossuet and Rajani Kumar for editorial comments to this brief.
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