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IFPRI Discussion paper: Can Integrated Agriculture - Nutrition Programs Change Gender Norms on Land and Asset Ownership ? Evidence from Burkina Faso

IFPRI Discussion paper: Can Integrated Agriculture - Nutrition Programs Change Gender Norms on Land and Asset Ownership ? Evidence from Burkina Faso
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IFPRI 9 July 2014

Thèmes :

There is
a high degree of interest in the potential for agricultural programs to be designed and
implemented to achieve health and nutrition objectives. Policymakers have often looked to the experience
of civil society organizations in designing and implementing su
ch programs, particularly in different
social and cultural contexts.

For the past 20 years,
Helen Keller International (HKI) has implemented
homestead food production programs in Asia and recently has started to adapt and implement these
programs in Africa
south of the Sahara. The goal of these programs is to improve the nutritional status of
infants and young children through a number of production and nutrition interventions. These
interventions are targeted to mothers under the presumption that increasin
g women’s access to and control
over productive assets and enhancing women’s human capital to improve production and health and
nutrition care practices will translate into improved nutritional status for their children. However, there is
very little evide
nce documenting the ways in which HKI’s homestead food production programs
influence women’s access to and control over productive assets and enhance women’s human capital in
ways that may improve nutritional outcomes.

This
paper uses a mixed methods appro
ach to analyze the
impact of HKI’s Enhanced Homestead Food Production pilot program in Burkina Faso on women’s and
men’s assets and on norms regarding ownership, use, and control of those assets. Even though men
continue to own and control most land and sp
ecific assets in the study area, women’s control over and
ownership of assets has started to change, both in terms of quantifiable changes as well as changes in
people’s perceptions and opinions about who can own and control certain assets. The paper also
discusses
the implications of such changes for program sustainability.

Read the full report (36p.):
http://www.ifpri.org/sites/default/files/publications/ifpridp01315.pdf


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