Women Empowerment for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods: Voices From Kenya


Women Empowerment for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods: Voices From Kenyacation


Susan Njogu, Dr. Doris Nyokagi, Wambu Charles

Institute of Gender, Women and Development Studies, Egerton University, P.O Box 536 Egerton


International Journal of social research

Rural women play a critical role in the rural economies of both developed and developing countries. In most parts of the developing world they participate in crop production and livestock care, provide food, water and fuel for their families, and engage in off-farm activities to diversify their families’ livelihoods. In addition, they carry out vital reproductive functions in caring for children, older persons and the sick. To understand the situation of rural women, it is necessary to examine the full diversity of their experiences in the context of the changing rural economy, including their position within household and community structures. A multi-stage sampling method was employed to select 136 respondents. Primary data was collected through the use of questionnaires and interview schedule and were subjected to both descriptive and inferential statistics. The mean farming experience was 11.4years, while mean farm size was 1.4ha. The main source of agricultural information was radio. Regression analysis showed that level of education, age and marital status were significantly related with level of participation. The findings conclude that women voices and level of participation is influenced by level of education, marital status and age. Therefore, the study recommends that women participation in sustainable livelihoods can only be achieved by empowering them with training and access to land in order to raise their voices in agricultural sector.


Keywords: Women empowerment, Sustainability, Rural livelihoods and Women voices

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How to cite this article:
Susan Njogu et al.,. Women Empowerment for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods: Voices From Kenyacation. International Journal of Social Research, 2017; 1:1. DOI:10.28933/ijsr-2017-11-0301


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