Influence of women's gender roles on food production: a case of Baruti Division of Nakuru District, Kenya
Eshuchi, Daniel B
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The research study purposed to determine the influence of women's gender roles on food production in Barut division of Nakuru district in Kenya. Women's significant contribution towards agricultural production is neither recognized nor appreciated. Women also carry out non-fanning activities which not only increase their workload but may also influence their contribution to food production. The study sought to determine the extent of women's pal1icipation in social as well as economic activities and how these influence food production. Women's leadership and housekeeping roles and how they influence food production was also studied. Utilizing the descriptive survey method the target population was identified by purposive sampling. The study sample was then randomly selected from this population. Data from the study sample was collected using questionnaires and interview schedules. The data was then coded and analysed with the aid of Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS) computer software and the results presented in tabular summaries and charts. The study revealed that all the study variables namely women's participation in social and economic activities together with housekeeping and leadership roles had a negative influence on food production. A conclusion of the study was that the more the time spent on non-farm activities, the less the time devoted to food production thus leading to lower yields and hence food insecurity. The study recommends the development and dissemination of suitable technologies aimed at lessening women's workload in food production activities. Findings of the study could also be used by project managers and policymakers in the design and formulation of workable policies and appropriate projects that target women involved in food production.