“Integrate gender and nutrition into agricultural extension”

IAPRI’s Executive Director Mr. Chance Kabaghe has said that it is important to integrate gender and nutrition into agricultural extension services in order to not only make agricultural productivity rise but to also ensure nutrition security for smallholder farmer households.

According to the 2013/2014 Demographic Health Survey (DHS) released by the Ministry of Health and the Central Statistical Office Zambia's Stunting was at 40%, Wasting was at 6% and the Underweight indicator was at 15% among children under the age of five. Mr Kabaghe said that these negative trends need to be addressed urgently.

Mr. Kabaghe was speaking when giving closing remarks at the three-day Nutrition in Agriculture Extension Services Global Symposium and Learning Exchange organized by the Integrating Gender and Nutrition in Agriculture Extension Services Project that was held from the 23rd to the 25th of January 2017 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lusaka.

The aim of the Symposium and Learning Exchange had the following aims:

i.  Apply new knowledge and resources to strengthen extension systems; 

ii. Provide more equitable support to both men and women farmers; and,

iii. Contribute to improved nutrition.

IAPRI made two poster presentations. These were:

“Experiences of Using Gender Equity and Nutrition Outcome Measurement Tools in the Zambian Context: Senanga District.” Presented by Mulako Kabisa, Research Assistance

“Analysis of Indicators and Measurement Tools Used in Zambia to Assess Impact of Agricultural Extension Programs on Gender Equity and Nutrition Outcomes”.