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July 5, 2017Knowledge Portal
Finance for a fruitful future: Dutch aid for agriculture 2005-2015

This paper shows the results of a study analyzing the trend in Dutch Official Development Assistance in agriculture and presents policy recommendations to the Dutch government. The paper also maps the current state of Dutch climate finance, since investments in the agricultural sector and adaptation finance are closely intertwined.  »

April 5, 2017Knowledge Portal
Creating mutual benefits: examples of gender and biodiversity outcomes in horticultural activities

This series of fact sheets features Bioversity International case studies with local NGOs and partners. These case studies illustrate successful outcomes in gender and biodiversity through the use of gender-specific research methods. Three of these factsheets take place in forest and agroforestry landscapes and have interesting lessons for horticultural activities. »

October 19, 2016Knowledge Portal
Impact and cost-effectiveness of women’s training in home gardening and nutrition in Bangladesh

This study in the Journal of Development Effectiveness quantifies the impact and cost-effectiveness of training poor rural women in Bangladesh in home gardening and nutrition. It was found that the intervention significantly increased vegetable production, vegetable consumption and the micronutrient supply from the garden. »

July 15, 2016Knowledge Portal
How much of the labor in African agriculture is provided by women?

This article by the Worldbank Group is a product of the “Agriculture in Africa—Telling Facts from Myths” project. It challenges the common knowledge of the contribution of women in Africa’s agricultural. The contribution of women to labor in African agriculture is regularly quoted in the range of 60–80%. Using individual, plot-level labor input data from nationally representative household surveys across six Sub-Saharan African countries, this study estimates the average female labor share in crop production at 40%. »

June 9, 2016Knowledge Portal
What do we mean by ‘Women’s crops’? Commercialisation, gender and the power to name

This article gives a nuanced analysis of changing gender roles in the commercialization of “women’s crops”. The authors explore the relationship between commercialization and gender for groundnuts in Eastern Province, Zambia, using a mixed methods approach. Women saw themselves as having greater control over groundnuts than other crops, and both sexes saw groundnuts as controlled by women. »

October 20, 2015Knowledge Portal
Analysis of participation of women in horticultural activities

This article investigates the involvement of rural women in various horticultural activities. A survey was conducted with 300 respondents of six villages of two districts of Odisha. The present study concludes that women play a significant and crucial role in production of various horticultural crops. Participation of women was higher in various production and post production activities of vegetables than of fruits and flowers. »