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Empowering Women Through Livelihoods Orientated Agricultural Service Provision: A Consideration of Evidence from Southern Africa

A.J.E. Charman

No RP2008-01, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: The paper considers the impact of livelihoods oriented agricultural service provision for smallholder farmers on gender relationships and food security. The paper contents that the democratization and liberalization of agricultural services towards participatory, bottom-up approaches, from the early 1990s has brought favourable gender gains to women. The paper examines the background to this shift in agricultural service provision. The resulting gender gains, we argue, should be seen in terms of Sen's notion of entitlements.

Keywords: Farm produce; Food security; Rural development; Women; Empowerment; Bottom-up approach (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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