Women in soil and water conservation projects: an assessment
Khasiani, S. A
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The Mutomo Soil and Water Conservation Programme in Kitui District, Eastern Province, in Kenya was launched to train the local population to implement soil conservation and improved agricultural techniques. It is argued in this paper that by adopting the strategy of operating through existing government institutions, the programme has inherited a top-down approach to planning and implementation. The institution of mwethya (self-help) groups and the activities undertaken within the context of the programme are described as well as the activities of the women's groups in the project area. Although the programme has achieved some progress, major drawbacks are identified. It is recommended to involve the target group, in which women farmers appeared to predominate, in the decision making process to better meet their needs and situation. KEYWORDS: RURAL | International cooperation | international relations | project design | development projects | resources conservation | social participation | women's role | Kenya | Eastern Province | Mutomo Soil and Water Conservation Prog. (KENYA).