Eco-friendly Kitchen Gardening by Pakistani Rural Women Developed Through a Farmer Field School Participatory Approach

Yasmin, Tahira and Khattak, Roshanzada and Ngah, Ibrahim (2014) Eco-friendly Kitchen Gardening by Pakistani Rural Women Developed Through a Farmer Field School Participatory Approach. Biological Agriculture and Horticulture, 30 (1). pp. 32-41. ISSN 0144-8765

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Related URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01448765.2013.845112

Abstract

A joint venture was made by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Society of Facilitators and Trainers Pakistan to train rural women of eight districts of Pakistan in kitchen gardening and off-season vegetable cultivation using a farmer field school (FFS) approach. Overall, 42 females were trained as master trainers who in turn established 48 season-long FFS where 1227 rural females were facilitated to establish home gardens and field plots with emphasis on minimizing chemical inputs in crop production and protection. Observatory skills regarding regular plant growth and ecology were enhanced through agroecosystem analysis, which, in turn, improved their crop management decisions. The largest portion of FFS participants (38.2%) was illiterate and with regard to age, the largest category (36.6%) was 21-30 years old. The participatory FFS activities not only enhanced the awareness of participating rural women folk but also provided a forum to share their experiences. They gained confidence and improved their social interactions and awareness about their role in improving livelihoods and agriculture. The cost-benefit analysis showed home gardens and field plots of vegetables to be economically beneficial activities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: agroecosystem analysis; farmer field school; Pakistan; rural women; vegetable cultivation
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Urban Design
Faculty of Built Environment > Urban and Regional Planning
Depositing User: Norazreen Ismail
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2014 02:31
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2014 02:31
URI: http://epublication.fab.utm.my/id/eprint/517

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