Research on “Valuing and integrating women farmers’ knowledge and views on agricultural practices and food systems into agricultural policy development and implementation”
EPRN Rwanda and UIG Plc in collaboration with CCOAIB (Conseil de Concertation des Organisations d’Appui aux Initiatives de Base) is undertaking a research on Valuing and integrating women farmers’ knowledge and views on agricultural practices and food systems into agricultural policy development and implementation to be done in 3 targeted districts ; namely Nyagatare, Nyamagabe, and Nyaruguru. This activity is part of the overall project entitled ‘Enhancing the capacity and participation of small-scale farmers and civil society organizations in decision making and governance processes related to sustainable agriculture and food security’ co-funded by Trocaire and European Union.
The purpose of this research is to perceive the knowledge and views on agricultural practices and food systems into agricultural policy development and implementation targeting women farmers and factors associated with the perceived level of views and knowledge.
Rwanda is most well known internationally for the integration and mainstreaming of gender in national development sectors. Also, the country’s most widely known aspect is that it globally leads the representation of women among decision-makers and in Parliament : the only country with a high majority of women in its Chamber of Deputies, a substantial characteristic. This research investigated another important facet : The integration of gender in agriculture practices and food systems in Rwanda.
EPRN and UIG applied a participatory approach which brought on-board different stakeholders to gain a deep insight into the key research questions. We applied a triangulation approach combining both quantitative and qualitative research methods.