Raising the Productivity of Women Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa
Authors: Saito, Katrine A.; Mekonnen, Hailu; Spurling, Daphne
Publication date: April 1994
This overview volume presents the findings of a UNDP-funded, World Bank-executed project on Women ' s Agricultural Productivity in Africa (WAPIA). The overview is based primarily on four countries - Burkina Faso, Kenya, Nigeria, and Zambia. These studies document women ' s roles in agriculture, identify and evaluate the key constraints they face in attempting to raise their productivity, and recommend various policies, programs and projects to remove these constraints. All four country studies entailed some field work and benefitted from specialized studies undertaken by local researchers. The report is also based on the evidence from household field surveys in Kenya and Nigeria. This rich body of information has enabled difference in output between male and female farmers to be analyzed and explained. For example, this analysis shows that extension contact in Kenya contributes significantly and positively to output on male-managed plots, but not on female-managed plots, giving an insight into the effectiveness of current extension systems in at least one large country in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).