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Does Women Empowerment in Agriculture Affect Household Food Security? The Case of Rural Limpopo Province, South Africa

J. Chitja and V. Murugani

No 284775, 2018 Annual Conference, September 25-27, Cape Town, South Africa from Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA)

Abstract: The link between the empowerment of women in agriculture and food security, was investigated in Limpopo Province. Data were collected in three irrigation scheme communities. Respondents were largely food secure, however, empowerment in agriculture and food security were weakly associated. This was partly attributed to the importance of the market in accessing food and the status quo of purchasing food versus own food production. It was concluded that pursuing women empowerment in agriculture and other sectors would likely improve food security. It was recommended that a more transformative and empowering system that allows farmers to diversify crop production and access more markets be sought. Nutrition education and advocacy would also improve household dietary diversity.

Keywords: women empowerment; food security; dietary diversity; irrigation schemes; Food; Security; and; Poverty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-09-25
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