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Understanding the dynamics of empowerment among rural women in Ethiopia

Local sociocultural norms and an individual’s ability to meet socially constructed roles determine our understanding of the ‘empowerment’ of women and men in rural communities. These were the findings of a study in Ethiopia that tested the suitability of an existing survey-based Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index’s (WEAI) domains and indicators. Continue reading

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Smallholder farmers’ perceptions of adopting improved diets for pigs in Uganda

Recent study by ILRI shows that pig ownership and labour investment by women in male-headed households did not guarantee that women made decisions or benefited from pig-enterprise income. The threat of domestic violence also inhibited their decision-making ability. Continue reading

Africa / East Africa / Ethiopia / Gender / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Livelihoods / PIL / WLE

Stakeholder involvement, knowledge, and gender norms key for effective rainwater management

A three-year Nile Basin Development Challenge Program running from 2010-2013 piloted an integrated RWM approach that combined technologies/practices, policies and institutions and involved multiple stakeholders. Researchers from ILRI conducted a study to establish the effect of this integrated RWM approach on stakeholders’ knowledge, attitudes, skills and practices. Continue reading

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Governance and investment opportunities in Uganda’s pig value chains

A recent study by scientists from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) analyses the governance structures in Uganda’s smallholder pig value chain to identify inclusive models that could enhance integration and competitiveness of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Continue reading

Capacity strengthening / CapDev / Gender / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Research / Women

Tools and training materials to help mainstream gender in Humidtropics activities

To support mainstreaming of gender into Humidtropics research, the program developed four classroom-training modules to be used by facilitators of innovation platforms, covering: Control of Assets (CoA); Power & Decision-Making (PDM); Needs, Priorities and Perceptions (NPP); Barriers to Participation (BtP) Continue reading

Agriculture / Capacity strengthening / Central Africa / East Africa / Gender / ILRI / Kenya / PIL / PIM / Research

ILRI and ReSAKSS-ECA train African researchers in influencing agricultural policies

Recently, a one-day policy workshop by ILRI and partners trained 18 postdoc researchers (including eight women) from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe on how research evidence can be used to influence agricultural policies in relation to the social and economic dimensions of smallholder farming. Continue reading