How can ICTs be used to assist the female land owners in Egypt become active farmers on their land
LOCATION: Ismaelia
RESEARCHERS: Prof. Saneya M. El-Neshawy, Principal Researcher
Prof. Aziza Awadallah El Sayed, Extension Program Specialist
Ragaa Abd El-Latif Mustafa Khater, Agricultural Engineer


According to the Egyptian statistics, women represent only 3% of the total land holders. Gender disparities in farm management (and accordingly empowerment) are much higher than in land holding, meaning that the percentage of men who are managing a farm are much higher than the percentage of women. Women in Egypt contribute in most agricultural production processes, especially storage and marketing. However, their access to and control of land is limited. 

The Egyptian government has given equal access to land to men and women under the land reclamation scheme. However, fewer women than men have applied for it due to difficult living and farming conditions on newly-reclaimed land, as well as motherhood, child care and house careAs the Egyptian law grants women more rights than they currently claim, the gender-imbalance seems not only based on legislation or laws, but may reside in other factors. 

This proposed research aims to identify the impact of access to and use of a specific ICT-based extension program (Empowerment of female farmers in the field of land holding and marketing through access to and use of ICTs) on empowering female farmers. 

Based on monitoring the usage of ICTs in villages, the relevance of ICTs to the female land owners, and an assessment of their needs, a web-based training program will be developed that covers most required information and knowledge regarding how to manage their farm land.  The women will be extensively consulted on their information needs and will be encouraged to reflect on and identify the dreams they have for themselves as farmers and how to achieve these dreams. Once the program content is developed collaboratively, sessions will be held on a regular basis with the women land owners on how to use the training program and implement the information in their real lives. A significant benefit of this program is that materials will be developed on the basis of the women land owners’ contributions and it will be permanent and always available. An assessment of the program will follow several months of usage by the women.  

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Grace is an initiative envisioned and funded by
the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), developed by Research For the Future (RFF) and managed by The GRACE Project Voluntary Association
Grace est une initiative initiée et financée parle Centre de recherches pour le développement international (CRDI), développée par Research For the Future,
et gérée par l'Association Volontaire Projet de GRACE .