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Enhancing food security and market access for land constrained women farmers

Agriculture is the mainstay of the Kenyan economy and contributes over 45 percent of government revenue. The agricultural sector is the largest employer, representing 60 percent of total employment. Overall, approximately 80 percent of rural women are employed in agriculture. However, the percentage of agricultural land held by women remains unclear. Diminishing land size, as a result of land subdivisions and a growing population, poses an additional challenge for women farmers and their families, especially in rural areas like Khwisero District in Kakamega County. This is contributing to food insecurity, as production of sufficient food on small pieces of land becomes untenable. Innovative measures to sustain food production to meet the needs of the community are therefore urgently required.

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Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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Author: Philip Kilonzo
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Organization: ActionAid International Kenya
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Year: 2018
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Country/ies: Kenya
Geographical coverage: Africa
Type: Case study
Content language: English
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