Gender Disparities in Utilization of Agricultural Information by Small Scale Farming Households in Ambo District of West Shewa Zone
Keywords:Agricultural information, households, gender disparity, reproductive role, small scale farming, women farmers
Gender disparity in utilizing agricultural information affects the agricultural productivity of male and female households. Thus, this study was carried out to examine the gender disparities in utilizating agricultural informaation by small scale farming households in Ambo district. To achieve the objective of the study, both primary and secondary sources of data were used. Data were collected using semi-structured interview schedule, key informant interviews and focus group discussions; and analysed using descriptive satatistics and description. The study revealed that the majority of the farmers rely on informal sources of information from neighbors, friends and colleagues rather than from the extension workers. Particularily, information sources of women did not enable them to get adequate and reliable information. It cloud be attributed to less mobility of women to access information, women responsibilities for household and child-rearing activities and workload. Gender disparity made great difference in using agricultural information for farmers since mostly women are playing a reproductive role. Therefore, improving participation of women farmers in various areas of extension programmes could facilitate empowering farm women for better utilization of agricultural information.
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