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Women, Livestock Ownership and Markets
Bridging the Gender Gap in Eastern and Southern Africa

ISBN 9781138377103
Published August 9, 2018 by Routledge
168 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides empirical evidence from Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique and from different production systems of the importance of livestock as an asset to women and their participation in livestock and livestock product markets. It explores the issues of intra-household income management and economic benefits of livestock markets to women, focusing on how types of markets, the types of products and women’s participation in markets influence their access to livestock income. 

The book further analyses the role of livestock ownership, especially women’s ownership of livestock, in influencing household food security though increasing household dietary diversity and food adequacy. Additional issues addressed include access to resources, information and financial services to enable women more effectively to participate in livestock production and marketing, and some of the factors that influence this access. 

Practical strategies for increasing women’s market participation and access to information and services are discussed. The book ends with recommendations on how to mainstream gender in livestock research and development if livestock are to serve as a pathway out of poverty for the poor and especially for women.

Table of Contents

1. Gender and Livestock: Key Issues, Challenges and Opportunities 

Jemimah Njuki and Pascal Sanginga 

2. Methods for Analysing Intra-household Livestock Ownership, Management and Marketing 

Jemimah Njuki, Juliet Kariuki and Samuel Mburu 

3. Gender, Livestock and Other Asset Ownership 

Jemimah Njuki, Samuel Mburu and Nicholas Ndhiwa 

4. Gender and Livestock Marketing 

Elizabeth Waithanji, Jemimah Njuki and Nabintu Bagalwa 

5. Livestock Markets and Intra-household Income Management 

Jemimah Njuki, Samuel Mburu, Elizabeth Waithanji and Paula Pimentel 

6. Access to Livestock Information and Other Financial Services 

Samuel Mburu, Jemimah Njuki and Juliet Kariuki  

7. Women, Livestock Ownership and Food Security 

Juliet Kariuki, Jemimah Njuki, Samuel Mburu and Elizabeth Waithanji 

8. Making Livestock Research and Development Programs and Policies more Gender Responsive 

Jemimah Njuki and Beth Miller 

9. Conclusion 

Pascal Sanginga and Jemimah Njuki 


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Jemimah Njuki is a Sociologist and Team Leader in Poverty Gender and Impact at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya.

Pascal C. Sanginga is Senior Program Specialist for Agriculture and Environment at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa , Nairobi, Kenya.