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Strengthening women's voices in the context of agricultural investments: Lessons from Kenya

Man-​Kwun Chan, Annette Mbogoh

Book/Report, 56 pages

This report constitutes one of four countrywide assessments produced under the International Institute for Environment and Development’s (IIED) ‘Gender, land and accountability in the context of agricultural and other natural resource investments’ initiative. The goal of the initiative is to strengthen rural women’s livelihood opportunities by empowering them in relation to community land stewardship and increasing their ability to hold agricultural investors in East and West Africa to account.

Focusing on Kenya, this report’s primary aim is to provide a backdrop on relevant policies and practice, and to inform practitioners, policy makers and researchers about key governance issues relevant to the strengthening of women’s empowerment in community land stewardship and accountability in agricultural investments. It draws on a literature review by the Kenya Land Alliance (KLA) with additional inputs from IIED, and on a complementary primary field research.Conducted by KLA in April 2016 on selected communities in Tana River County, the latter provides an in-depth case study of the application of statutory and customary laws affecting women’s access to and management of land.

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Chan, M.-K., Mbogoh, A. (2016) Strengthening women’s voices in the context of agricultural investments: Lessons from Kenya. IIED/KLA, London/Nakuru.
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As commercial pressures on land increase in East and West Africa, there is a need for evidence and action on gender-equitable land governance.

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