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close this bookRural women and food security: current situation and perspectives. (1998)
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close this folder3 Constraints faced by women farmers
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View the document3.1 Exclusion from power and decision-making
View the document3.2 Poor institutional support
View the document3.3 Lack of land rights
View the document3.4 Lack of credit
View the document3.5 Inappropriate technology
View the document3.6 Insufficient education
View the document3.7 Neglect by agricultural extension services
View the document3.8 Exclusion from research

3.8 Exclusion from research

Women also suffer from "a lack of recognition of expertise they have acquired" as food producers (Quisumbing et al., 1995:7). As a result of this, not only is international and national agricultural research designed and conducted almost exclusively by male scientists, research also takes place on isolated research stations or on large farmers' plots with only male farmers attending, almost always without any regard to women's knowledge of indigenous crop varieties and planting systems, water and land conservation, conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of biological resources. On-station and on-farm yield trials and adoption and impact studies take place without any consultation with women farmers, who may have a deeper (and different) understanding of the growing environment than their male counterparts.