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Access to agricultural resources and services

Access to agricultural resources and services

Land. Data collection needed.

Livestock. Data collection needed.

Forestry. Data collection needed.

Water. In 1991, about 31% of rural households were able to access water supplied by the National Water Supply Society (SONEDE) and another 31% are served by public wells. About 30% of households do not have a safe water supply.

Credit. Although data collection is needed, women's access to credit is limited by lack of information and by traditions that hinder their access to public places.

Extension services and agricultural training. There are insufficient women extension workers to care for the needs of rural women. However, the creation of an Agricultural Training and Extension Agency (AVFA) in the Ministry of Agriculture, and a unit for Women's Professional Training in the Ministry of Professional Training and Employment, as well as the appointment of several women to posts in various ministries, should contribute to improving the incorporation of women's needs for training and technical assistance in projects and programmes. While women comprise less than 4% of extension staff, they account for almost 12% Of those enroled in agricultural training.

Agricultural Extension Staff by Position and Gender, 1993

Source: Agricultural Extension and Farm Women in the 1980s, FAO, 1993

Agricultural Training Enrolment by Gender, 1992

Source: National Sectoral Report on Women, Agriculture and Rural Development, 1994

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