Incorporating Gender into Bio-Economic Models

 

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Source: Africa Agri-Business

The following paper is written by Marzia Fontana, of the London School of Economics, on the topic of gender and sustainable agricultural intensification.

Adding Gender Dimensions to Bio-Economic Modelling: Insights from the Literature

In this paper, the author describes a number of important considerations that should be borne in mind when thinking about how men and women might respond or be affected differently by policies aimed at intensifying agriculture sustainably. Given the focus of the BioSight  project on household-level tradeoffs and constraints along alternative intensification pathways, this paper lays out a number of important “entry  points” for addressing gender-relevant issues within the empirical framework being applied to case studies, such as the Malawi example. The author points to some relevant literature on creating “gender-aware” micro- and macro-level models, and makes some suggestions for further work that can be done to improve our representation of time-use and other important tradeoffs that face women within the context of the household farm, and the wider rural economy.

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