Seeds of crisis: Gender restrictions and agriculture: A study of Kyakibuta, Uganda
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Concerns about food security in Sub-Saharan Africa are not new. Policy makers, international agencies, and the media regularly focus on food in terms of malnutrition, hunger and even starvation during periods of crisis. While women are seen as the victims during these times of disaster, the major contribution of women in food production in this region is marginalized. In this thesis I will initiate a critical examination of women’s role in agriculture and the struggles they face. I will analyze the impact of gendered cultural, traditional and social restrictions on women’s ability to grow sufficient food for their families, as well as their capability to add to food security through market sales of excess crops. The proposed objectives and outcomes of this study are to examine the historical and current role of women in food production and assess gender restrictions and differences in agriculture. This thesis will analyze gender biases which impact food production through the ethnographic case study of women in Kyakibuta, a small village in rural Uganda. These elements of inquiry will provide a comprehensive analysis of women and gender within the framework of food production with a focus on Kyakibuta, as well as using secondary sources of information on other areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Situated within development studies, gender studies and ethnography, this thesis will add to the body of knowledge on women and agriculture in rural Uganda.