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Gender and generational aspects of sustainable intensification

social-economic dimensions of Kenyan smallholder based agriculture and food security

Mutheu Mutune, Jane (2017). Gender and generational aspects of sustainable intensification. Uppsala: Other, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. AgriFoSe2030 Report ; 2

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Food insecurity remains a problem in developing countries yet more than 40 million Kenyans live in dry lands, particularly and undertake agriculture as the prime livelihood activity. However, little is known about gender and generational sustainable intensification. This paper synthesised the available empirical evidence and nuanced the socio-economic dimensions of smallholder farmers, in Kenya, and reproduced the information to support policies and improve practices for sustainable agriculture. The government of Kenya has designed various policies for youth and women empowerment and entrepreneurship. However, there was found to be systematic under-representation of women and youth in policy making process that leads to perpetuation of food insecurity. Furthermore, the policies face challenges of political management, policy pluralism and sometimes lack of policy enforcement plan. Review of literature revealed that the participation of youth in the agriculture sector was low due to high production and marketing risks, land tenure insecurity, inadequacies in extension and financial services. Women are faced with inequality, asymmetry in the production and marketing information, land tenure insecurities and multiple task at household and farm level. Yet, the women and youth are a crucial group in achieving the sustainable development goals 2030 and Kenyan Vision 2030. The process of policy design and development should involve women and youth. Indigenous knowledge and creativity held by women and youth should be integrated with science through mutual learning in design and development of policies. Also, policy makers should take into account the differential vulnerabilities of men, youth and women farmers to environmental and social concerns.

Authors/Creators:Mutheu Mutune, Jane
Title:Gender and generational aspects of sustainable intensification
Subtitle:social-economic dimensions of Kenyan smallholder based agriculture and food security
Series Name/Journal:AgriFoSe2030 Report
Year of publishing :2017
Number of Pages:25
Place of Publication:Uppsala
Publisher:SLU Global, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-576-9531-4
Publication Type:Report
Article category:Other scientific
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Gender Studies
Keywords:food security, Kenya
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Alternative URL:https://www.slu.se/globalassets/ew/org/andra-enh/uadm/global/agrifose/outputs/reports/agrifose-report-2017-2.pdf
ID Code:16572
Faculty:G - Common Units
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Deposited On:23 Jan 2020 14:24
Metadata Last Modified:28 Aug 2020 22:59

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