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Report from a fact finding mission: Women, Gender and Conservation Agriculture in Zambia

In December 2010 a gender team from Norad undertook a study trip to Zambia in order to learn about women, gender and conservation agriculture (CA). CA is central in climate adaptation. The report summarises general findings and recommendations from the study tour. The authors come to the conclusion that CA has many benefits for women. It reduces and spreads women’s workload over time and reduces women’s burden on fetching water. It enables early planting of crops: makes women less dependent on oxen or mechanical tillage equipment, increases crop productivity and production of different crops, and increases production of food-security crops. Women farmers maintain that their work within agriculture has become more planned and systematic. Women manage to improve the welfare of their families because of CA.