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Sustainable agricultural intensification and gender- and age-biased land tenure systems

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Presented by Gundula Fischer, Akosua Darkwah, Judith Kamoto and Jessica Kampanje-Phiri at the Tropentag 2019: Filling Gaps and Removing Traps for Sustainable Resource Management, University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany, 18–20 September 2019.

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Sustainable agricultural intensification and gender- and age-biased land tenure systems

  1. 1. andManaged byFunded by Sustainable agricultural intensification and gender- and age-biased land tenure systems Gundula Fischer1, Akosua Darkwah2, Judith Kamoto3 and Jessica Kampanje-Phiri3 1International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, 2University of Ghana and 3Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources Tropentag 2019 20 September 2019, Kassel, Germany
  2. 2. SAI: “… producing more outputs from the same area of land ...“ (Pretty et al. 2011, 7) Limitation of agricultural land use: • How does it relate to existing inequitable land tenure systems? • Equitable outcomes: Does this limitation imply a redistribution of land and benefits? Topic not yet explicitly discussed or investigated
  3. 3. Methods: mostly semi-structured interviews, few focus group discussions, 102 transcriptions Comparative design: Ghana and Malawi, communities with relatively lower and higher access to land for women Respondents: 148 men and women (including under 35 years) Social relations approach (Kabeer): four key institutional domains (household, community, market, government)
  4. 4. Results • Limitation on agricultural land use already becoming a reality (land pressure). • Expansion as strategy of less privileged. • SAI practices important, but gender-blind SAI interventions may contribute to new or existing inequalities. • Land pressure manifests itself in different institutional sites. • Examples: Tolon/Ghana, Dedza/Malawi.
  5. 5. Outlook • SAI scholars to examine how limitation on land land use reads against land competition. • SAI projects to identify entry points for gender- transformative activities to go hand in hand with technologies. • Examples for entry points (identified by respondents). • Seek out measures in several domains for sustainable transformation.
  6. 6. The Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Research and Learning in Africa (SAIRLA) http://www.sairla.nri.org/news This presentation is licensed for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence. andManaged byFunded by Thank You

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