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7 Knowledge And Practice: Men, Women And Children

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In a study of a sugar out-grower's estate in Zimbabwe, Mate notes that 'the effects of lack of information and knowledge were revealed in those households where the original settlers are deceased and the widows had to be in charge'. None of the female heads in Mupfurudzi had ever attended the lessons offered by AGRITEX officers while only one of the wives of the male heads had attended the Master Farmer training lessons. The chapter situates men, women, and children in their different cultural domains in order to understand what they know and what they practice. The chapter analyses decision-making in order to understand the situated selections that families make and that eventually impact on their agricultural practices. Knowledge dissemination is gendered, as women and men often use different sources of information.

Keywords:AGRITEX officer; gender division; household dynamics; knowledge dissemination; master farmer training; Mupfurudzi



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