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A new book by Cathy Farnworth,Melinda Fones Sundell, Akinyi Nzioki, Violet Shivutse and Marion Davis: This book is based on the premise that empowered women and men are more successful farmers, able to make the most of opportunities around them. It argues that there is a causal relation between more equal gender relations in the household and in the community, and better agricultural outcomes. Standard development interventions such as more extensive services, better information, more fertilizer, better machinery - will not fully achieve their goals unless women and men are on equal footing and unhindered by gender norms that limit what is 'appropriate' for them to do or be.
“This book distills lessons learned about integrating gender equality into agricultural development initiatives in Africa, with case studies of efforts at all levels, from households to national government.
“Empowering women as decision-makers in all areas of their lives is challenging and exciting. It is a key to poverty reduction. Transforming gender relations will help to make small-holder agriculture and associated development efforts more effective and efficient, with knock-on effects for a variety of development outcomes…”

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Bills to empower women to land ownership 

(Features/Land)

... provide the mechanisms to ensure land rights of women living with HIV including rural women are not abused.   However, according to Dr Elizabeth Akinyi Nzioki, chairperson of the Task Force on Formulation ...

By Beatrice Fantoni October 2010
‘There is a need for a lot of education,’ says Akinyi Nzioki, director of the
 CLEAR [which] is already hosting civic education forums (most recently in the Rift Valley, the site of much opposition to the new constitution) around Kenya to educate women about their new rights to land. ‘The whole constitution talks about gender equality,’ she says. But even though it states that traditions and cultural practices surrounding land will be eliminated, Nzioki says, it does not mean they will be eliminated in practice.‘You can have property laws but that does not mean the culture will change immediately. So the challenge is to begin to change those attitudes which are very entrenched. For instance, under the old constitution (informed by British law), widows could not inherit land from their husbands. Women who owned land would have to buy it, while men and boys had a ‘head-start’ because they could inherit land from their fathers.The irony is that the majority of Kenya’s women live in rural areas and use land as their only means of livelihood, she explains. Now, widows will be more protected when it comes to inheriting land, Nzioki says, but women must learn about these new rights so that they can exercise them. Much of CLEAR’s civic education focuses on putting the constitution into plain language, as well as sensitising Kenyans to progressive thinking when it comes to women and the right to own land.


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