AbstractsWomens Studies

NERICA Rice Cultivation and Its Potential for Gender Empowerment in the Gezira State, Sudan

by Meysoon Amin

Institution: University of Guelph
Year: 2015
Keywords: Gender Empowerment; Crop Diversity; NERICA; Rice Production; New Technology
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2066154
Full text PDF: https://atrium.lib.uoguelph.ca/xmlui/handle/10214/8976


The purpose of this study was to explore the nature of crop diversity, specific to NERICA cultivation, in order to determine how it can contribute to gender empowerment in the Gezira State. It intended to identify the capacity of female and male stakeholders in utilizing the rights, resources and opportunities afforded to them through NERICA. The sample population was purposively drawn from JICA’s NERICA project. Data was collected through: key informant interviews, participatory exercises and focus group discussions. Findings suggested that women and men were experiencing empowerment through their involvement with NERICA. This was attributed to their increased capacity to access and participate in economic and skills opportunities, which added to their decision-making power. Decreases in their capacity to access land and financial resources were also observed. The study highlighted the need for collaborative capacity building, which would enable women and men to access resources related to their basic rights. Advisors/Committee Members: Filson, Glen (advisor).