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Gender-Responsive Budgeting Tool for the Promotion of Improved Maize Seed in Africa
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Correct citation: Adam, R., Kandiwa, V. and Muindi, P. 2018. Gender-Responsive Budgeting Tool for the Promotion of Improved Maize Seed in Africa. Mexico, CIMMYT. Abstract: This tool is a decision-making guide for those seed companies who are seeking to make a wider population of farmers aware of the technologies they produce. The idea is to put your money where your potential market lies. The underlying rationale for this tool is that no single approach is able to reach all men and women farmers effectively. Similarly, while some approaches lend themselves well to reaching a wider population, others tend to be more effective in reaching specific demographic groups. This tool should be used alongside the gender-responsive approaches for the promotion of improved maize seed in Africa guide. Download
Gender-Responsive Approaches for the Promotion of Improved Maize Seed in Africa
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Correct citation: Kandiwa, V., Adam, R., Lweya, K., Setimela, P., Badstue, L. and Muindi, P. 2018. Gender-Responsive Approaches for the Promotion of Improved Maize Seed in Africa. Mexico, CIMMYT. Adoption of improved maize seed is very important for better productivity and livelihoods for the smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, where adoption rates for improved maize seed varieties are generally low. There is a great variability in adoption intensity and adoption rates across regions and demographic groups.  Several studies have revealed that women farmers are less likely to use improved seed than men, leading to lower yields. These gender gaps represent real costs to households, seed companies, agro-dealers and society. This publication provides basic guidelines on how to create awareness about improved maize seed varieties in ways that enhance farmers’ decision-making process and bridge knowledge gaps between men and women. It is complemented by tools for gender-sensitive crop variety field demonstrations, data collection from field days, and gender-responsive budgeting for creating awareness. These guidelines target public and private organizations that are involved in promoting improved seed varieties. Download

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