Empowering Women to Engage in Commercial Agriculture
AbstractDespite women's large contributions to agricultural production in developing countries, they are often excluded from market-facing activities. There is little evidence on how to increase their participation in commercial agriculture. We designed a private sector intervention to encourage male outgrowers in Uganda to transfer a sugarcane contract to their wife or to register a previously uncontracted block in her name. A randomized controlled trial indicates that given some encouragement, men are willing to transfer rights to their wives for cane blocks of significant quality and value. Increased cane ownership by women increased women's participation in cane management and marketing activities.
CitationAmbler, Kate, Kelly M. Jones, and Michael O'Sullivan. 2022. "Empowering Women to Engage in Commercial Agriculture." AEA Papers and Proceedings, 112: 546-50. DOI: 10.1257/pandp.20221052
- J16 Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
- J43 Agricultural Labor Markets
- O13 Economic Development: Agriculture; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Other Primary Products
- O15 Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
- Q12 Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets