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CTA. 1998. WOMEN DRIVERS. Spore 75. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Women do more work than men in the field and on the farm, yet mechanisation tends to favour men. A recent study was undertaken by FARMESA (Farm-Level Applied Research Methods in East and Southern Africa) and FAO-AGSE on the potential for improving...
Women do more work than men in the field and on the farm, yet mechanisation tends to favour men. A recent study was undertaken by FARMESA (Farm-Level Applied Research Methods in East and Southern Africa) and FAO-AGSE on the potential for improving production technology of farm women in Africa. Covering Burkina Faso, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the study focused on the appropriateness of hand tools and animal traction. Its main conclusions included: ? The prime constraint is the limited resources and credit available to women ? a direct consequence of their low socio-economic status in society. ? Weeding is women's hardest job and a major constraint to increased production; here lies the greatest opportunity for improvements. ? There is a serious lack of information flow between importers/producers of tools and (women) farmers. ? Women farmers have only limited access to training especially in animal traction technologies. ? It is often men's attitude towards women which has to change first before the workload of African women farmers can be seriously reduced (Quote of Zambian research team member: 'If a man comes home and finds his wife sitting resting, he will say, Why aren't you doing something?').