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Type: Journal article
Title: A systemic intervention to access resource impact on the quality of life among women farmers in developing countries: evidence from Ghana
Author: Banson, K.
Nguyen, N.
Bosch, O.
Citation: Academia Journal of Agricultural Research, 2015; 3(2):015-022
Publisher: Academia Publishing
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 2315-7739
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Kwamina EB, Ockie JHB, Nam CN
Abstract: Given the key role of women in the agricultural sector, improving their situation means progress for the economy as a whole. Ghanaian women’s involvement in agriculture has been somewhat hidden - in terms of public perception and through representation in statistical facts. Women skills and expertise are needed in Ghana’s agri-business activities. Upgrading labour savings innovations and management performance will go a long way to improve income thereby increasing the quality of life of women farmers. A systemic approach was developed as a tool to examine the challenges faced by women farmers in Ghana. The Casual loop diagram of women farming systems in Ghana was developed to identify the leverage points. The Bayesian Belief Network (BBN) model was used as a simulation to test the possible outcomes of different systemic interventions. Women farmers who have poor quality of life due to lack of the requisite resource for their agri-business reduced from 52.8 to 27.9%. Access to knowledge also increased by 42.52% reducing labour cost from 57.4 to 8.50 and women farmers’ dignity increased. The study revealed that if women have access to resources, their quality of life and that of millions of children would be markedly improved not only in Ghana but Africa as a whole.
Keywords: Resource constraints; women farmers; food security; Africa; systems thinking
Rights: ©2015 Academia Publishing
RMID: 0030027911
DOI: 10.15413/ajar.2015.0108
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