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Reducing rural women’s domestic workload through labour-saving technologies and practices toolkit

IFAD has released a toolkit on reducing rural women’s domestic workload with the following components:

Teaser describes why labour-saving technologies and practices are needed to reduce women’s domestic workload and the benefits to be gained, with examples from IFAD-supported projects.

How To Do note offers practical guidance to help practitioners address this issue in the design and implementation of projects. It also provides details on proven labour-saving technologies and practices and gives key information sources.

Lessons Learned provides lessons learned from a study on the impact that IFAD water investments had on the time saved by households in collecting water, with a gender lens. It also gives recommendations for IFAD project design and implementation to improve the outcomes of labour-saving water investments.

Compendium showcases labour-saving technologies that were exhibited at the Sharefair on technologies and innovations for rural women on “Improving Food Security, Nutrition and Productive Family Farming in Eastern and Southern Africa”, held in Nairobi on 15-17 October 2014.


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New FAO publication: Running out of time: The Reduction of women’s work burden in agricultural production

fao running out of time

Abstract:

Based on a broad literature review, this publication discusses rural women’s time poverty in agriculture, elaborates on its possible causes and implications and provides insight into the various types of constraints that affect the adoption of solutions for reducing work burden. This paper raises questions about the adequacy of women’s access to technologies, services and infrastructure and about the control women have over their time, given their major contributions to agriculture. It also looks into the available labour-saving technologies, practices and services that can support women to better address the demands derived from the domestic and productive spheres and improve their well-being. The reader is presented with an overview of successfully-tested technologies, services and resource management practices in the context of water, energy, information and communication. The findings elaborated in this paper feed a set of recommendations provided for policy makers and development partners. A gender-transformative approach at community and household level is suggested as a way forward to promote women’s increased control over the allocation of their time.

Read the report here.


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New post on EnGendering Data Blog: Debunking the myth of female labor in African agriculture

Working in the field. Ghana. Photo Credit: Curt Carnemark / World Bank

Working in the field. Ghana. Photo Credit: Curt Carnemark / World Bank

EnGendering Data, a blog on improving data on the role of gender in agriculture, has a new post on female labor in African agriculture. Cheryl Doss shares new studies that “offer our most detailed understanding to date of rural economies in Africa” and challenge the widely cited “fact” that women in Africa provide 60-80% of the labor in agriculture. She then encourages a shift of focus to the question of how to effectively invest in women’s agricultural productivity, drawing on empirical evidence to chart a course.

Read the full post on the blog, here.