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Braimok, Tania, 2017. Exploring the opportunities and challenges of ICTs for women farmers in Kenya. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development

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Abstract

In Kenya, women contribute significantly to the dairy sector. While their role may differ,
common for most of them is that they all lack access to productive resources, in comparison
with men farmers. The sector is severely underperforming and has been in decline during
several decades. The development of the sector relies on the empowerment of women and the
achievement of gender equality to turn this trend. By using the qualitative research methods
of focus group discussions and individual interviews in Nakuru County, this study examined
the influence of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on 24 women and men
engaged in dairy farming. The study aimed on contributing to our understanding of how ICTs
can be used as a tool for empowering women in agriculture and close decades of gender gaps.
The collected data were analysed through the three concepts of Assets, Mobility and
Empowerment. The findings showed that the women farmers in this study were making
constructive use of mobile phones and radios, but not of the TVs or computer related ICTs,
such as the Internet, due to either associated with high costs, not finding it relevant or useful
for their survival needs and in to some extent unaware of the possibilities. Furthermore, the
women in this study have been self-empowered to some extent through the use of ICTs by
expanding on their assets and capabilities. But ICTs alone do not empower and are inadequate
for significant benefits to rise or emerge, not because they do not find them to be useful, but
rather because they are firstly fighting on a day-to-day basis for their and their families’
survival.

Main title:Exploring the opportunities and challenges of ICTs for women farmers in Kenya
Authors:Braimok, Tania
Supervisor:Bergman Lodin, Johanna and Darin, Lollo
Examiner:Bartholdson, Örjan
Series:UNSPECIFIED
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2017
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM009 Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:Kenya, dairy sector, women’s empowerment, ICT access and usage
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-8161
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-8161
Subjects:Agricultural research
Language:English
Deposited On:24 Oct 2017 06:39
Metadata Last Modified:24 Oct 2017 06:39

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