Study sheds new light on roles of women and men on RTB farms

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Credit: Georgina Smith/CIAT

Results from a household survey of farmers in Rwanda and Burundi challenge our stereotypes about how women and men engage in growing roots, tubers and bananas. In male-headed households, decision-making and labor-provision were most of the time joint efforts by men and women, while in female-headed households, men made most of the decisions and supplied most of the labor.

“It is truly surprising,” said Joshua Okonya, lead author on the study. Okonya, a research associate with the International Potato Center (CIP) and CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) based in Kampala, Uganda, says that one of the key messages of the study is that gender is a complex subject that requires a deeper understanding of the community.

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This blog discusses the findings of research to better understand the roles that women and men play in root, tuber and banana farming households in Burundi and Rwanda.

Client
CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas

Service
Blog writing

Date
October 2019

Study sheds new light on roles of women and men on RTB farms

Image
Credit: Georgina Smith/CIAT

Results from a household survey of farmers in Rwanda and Burundi challenge our stereotypes about how women and men engage in growing roots, tubers and bananas. In male-headed households, decision-making and labor-provision were most of the time joint efforts by men and women, while in female-headed households, men made most of the decisions and supplied most of the labor.

“It is truly surprising,” said Joshua Okonya, lead author on the study. Okonya, a research associate with the International Potato Center (CIP) and CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) based in Kampala, Uganda, says that one of the key messages of the study is that gender is a complex subject that requires a deeper understanding of the community.

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Description
This blog discusses the findings of research to better understand the roles that women and men play in root, tuber and banana farming households in Burundi and Rwanda.

Client
CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas

Service
Blog writing

Date
October 2019