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Gender impacts of small-farm commercialization (SFC) on household resource management and livelihoods







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    Contribution of farm power to smallholder livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa 2005
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    The purpose of this study is to increase the understanding of the role of farm power and its implications for smallholder livelihoods in selected farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa. Farm power embraces all forms of power inputs into agricultural production, ranging from human inputs, to animal traction and engine-driven technologies, together with their associated tools and implements. This study has concentrated on the power sources used for primary tillage, namely the activities associated with preparing the land prior to planting, either digging by hand or ploughing using draught animals or tractors. The study originally set out to examine the power inputs and implements relating to a range of field activities in crop production from land preparation through to harvest. In practice, however, in many farming systems in the region, the use of draught animals and tractors is confined almost exclusively to primary tillage while all other operations rely on hand power. Indeed, out of 11 study sites that use draught animal power (DAP), only one community uses DAP for weeding; and out of seven communities using tractors, only one farmer uses a tractor-drawn planter.
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    National Gender Profile of Agricultural and Rural Livelihoods - Kyrgyz Republic 2016
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    This publication is produced under the “Strengthening national capacities for production and analysis of sexdisaggregated data through the implementation of the FAO Gender and Agriculture Framework (GASF)” project, funded by the FAO / Turkey Partnership Programme (FTTP). The project was implemented from 2013 to 31 May, 2016, and targeted national statistical offices and ministries of agriculture of three countries: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkey, with the overall objective to assist the beneficiaries in developing gender-sensitive statistics on the agricultural and rural sector, to assess the current status of the rural population – both women and men – and to ensure evidence-based and informed policy-making processes. The purpose of this national gender profile was to collect and compile available data and information from diverse sources in order to shed light on gender disparities in rural settings and the status of rural women across a number of dimensions, with a focus on inequalities in agricultural employment. This publication aims to provide policy-makers, gender activists and researchers with a clearer picture of the types and degree of the main gender inequalities in agriculture and concerning rural livelihoods in rural Kyrgyzstan. This national gender profile was discussed at the national workshop (Bishkek, 18-19 February 2016) in which experts commented on a draft version of the present report. The group of reviewers consisted of both data producers and data user stakeholders, such as statisticians from the national statistical service, representatives of the key ministries, agriculture experts, gender experts, the civil society sector, and representatives of international development organizations and financial institutions that support projects dedicated to rural women. This publication incorporates their specific suggestions and insights.
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    Gender and Farming Systems - Lessons from Nicaragua 2005
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    The purpose of this study is to propose a conceptual and methodological framework that integrates a gender perspective into the analysis of farming systems. The aim is to produce a reference guide for future rural development programmes and projects. The first part of the study reviews systems and gender analysis within the agricultural context. The second part reviews the experiences of the Nicaraguan project “Strengthening the Capacity of Women in the Management of Small-scale Farm Production Units” (GCP/NIC/020/NOR). It sets out to identify the methodological findings, including the advantages and disadvantages, emanating from that project’s valuable experience, rather than to carry out an actual evaluation of the project.

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