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Supporting smallholder women farmers in potato cultivation

Code: 9781786763761
Linley Chiwona-Karltun, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden; Maryanne Wamahiu, Stockholm University, Sweden; Chikondi Chabvuta, Actionaid International Malawi, Malawi; Dianah Ngonyama, Association of African Agricultural Professionals in the Diaspora, USA; and Paul Demo, International Potato Center (CIP), Malawi

Chapter synopsis: As the importance of potato cultivation among smallholder farmers increases, it is clear that women farmers have a vital role to play in shaping and maximising this growth, safeguarding potatoes as a primary food security crop. The present chapter offers a summary of the current state of potato cultivation and the role of women, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. We highlight the enormous potential of women farmers in promoting the broader goals of development and food security in these areas, before examining some of the challenges women face in making their voices count. Different strategies are presented for supporting women smallholders, with a particular emphasis on ensuring that women benefit from agricultural training and have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and resources.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0016.16
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 The importance of potato cultivation to African smallholders 3 The role of women in potato cultivation 4 Challenges facing women smallholders 5 Strategies to support women smallholders 6 Conclusion and future trends 7 Where to look for further information 8 References

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