Final MS-B Project Defense - Eva Kassara

Date: September 30, 2016
Time: 09:30 AM
Location: Natural Resources RM 320A

Gender differences in agriculture and natural resources management in sub-Saharan Africa: Literature review. 

By

Eva E. Kassara

08/19/2016

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Room: 320-A, Natural Resource Building

Abstract

There is a wide range of literature related to gender differences in agriculture and natural resources management sub-Saharan Africa. The scope covered in this review ranges from issues of women’s participation in agricultural activities including extension, access to productive resources including land ownership, adoption of agricultural technologies and innovations and also gender differences in access and control of natural resources including the gender impacts of climate change.

These gender differences in agriculture and natural resources management play a significant role in accounting for the poor agricultural growth in the region. Various scholars have suggested measures to bridge the gender differences however, addressing the sociocultural aspects that contribute into the construction of the values, norms and rules that shape the gender differences in agriculture and natural resources need to be given more attention by researchers, policy makers, and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector and natural resources divisions in sub-Saharan Africa. Good gender-sensitive agricultural and natural resources management policies, programs and plans are important tools for increased agricultural production and improved natural resources management practices in the region therefore cutting edge research on sociocultural aspects that hinder women to realize their full potential in agricultural and natural resources management in sub-Saharan Africa is necessary. Since this particular review of literature is mainly aimed for researchers in agriculture and natural resources management, research issues and questions that could address the gender differences in agriculture and natural resources management in sub-Saharan Africa are described.

Committee members:

  • Dr. Robert Richardson (Chairperson)
  • Dr. Dan McCole
  • Dr. Wynne Wright