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Power of partnership conference: Presentation: Contract farming and gender equity

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Power of partnership conference: Presentation: Contract farming and gender equity in African landscapes (CONGENIAL)

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Power of partnership conference: Presentation: Contract farming and gender equity

  1. 1. Power of Partnership CONGENIAL Contract Farming and Gender Equity in African Landscapes
  2. 2. CONGENIAL Contract farming is expanding rapidly in Africa but suffers from high rates of default and claims of exploitation by smallholders We assessed if and how including wives within schemes improved benefits for farms, firms and families in Malawi and Tanzania
  3. 3. CONGENIAL Mixed results – outcomes depended on how wives are included, the crops in question and agrarian context We combined a pilot clustered randomised design with an interview schedule including open, closed and biographical questions Husbands and wives interviewed separately using the same questionnaire
  4. 4. CONGENIAL • Impact journey unpredictable - formal engagement events superseded by ad hoc discussions with broader actors • Delicate trade-off between fidelity to findings and fostering linkages (especially looking for funding) • Direct impact - AOI Malawi now includes extra food crop seeds to 7,000 contracted households • NASFAM learning
  5. 5. CONGENIAL Main challenge to impact was the size of the pilot designs: just too small to make strong claims about the impact of the interventions Similar evaluations should to be conducted at scale with sufficient funding to ensure power calculations hold

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