On a short handle?
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CTA. 2001. On a short handle?. Spore 93. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A recent study, by FAO and IFAD, on the widespread use of short-handled hoes emphasised that many women complained about frequent pain and fatigue. 'Without doubt,' the report says, 'short-handled weeding hoes have the advantage of allowing the...
A recent study, by FAO and IFAD, on the widespread use of short-handled hoes emphasised that many women complained about frequent pain and fatigue. 'Without doubt,' the report says, 'short-handled weeding hoes have the advantage of allowing the farmers full control of the hoe while he/she works around the plants, leaving the other hand free to pull out the weeds and shake the roots free of soil'. An alternative was found in the central region of Senegal where women use a long-handled weeding hoe that allows them to stand upright. They have almost totally abandoned traditional hoes that obliged them to work in a squatting or crouched position. So why didn t women in other countries adopt long-handled hoes? 'Almost everywhere except Senegal,' the report says, 'there is a widespread belief that work can be properly performed only if the worker is bent double and armed with a short-handled hoe. This type of cultural conditioning is an obstacle to the introduction of more comfortable long-handled implements, such as jab planters, since working upright is perceived as laziness.' In Burkina Faso, one women s group said they would like longer handles on their hoes, but their husbands would never allow it
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