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Title:Women's importance for Kenyan rural development
Author:Abbott, Susan
Periodical:The Community Development Journal: An International Journal for Community Workers
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:small farms
women's work
Abstract:The author's emphasis is on 'the education of women'. After having made reference to the Kenyan government's commitment to improve the productivity of small-scale farms (Keri-cho Conference 1966; Five Year Plan 1070/75), she presents three facts that anyone concerned with rural development in Kenya must always keep in mind: 1) land holdings are often quite small, 2) most men over 20 years have left the rural areas because they have some kind of wage-paying job elsewhere, 3) women have traditionnally done most of the subsistence farming. Women are the primary farm managers and farm labourers in rural Kenya, not the men. Keeping these facts in mind, the author describes the basic outlines of official efforts to increase production and to improve the quality of produce on smallholder farms: Rural development through farmer education - Conclusions and recommendations. Bibl., note.