MOST Study examines Impact of Mechanized Shelling on Malawi's Gender Dynamic


Posted August 22, 2016

Over the past year the Malawi Oilseed Sector Transformation (MOST) programme has been conducting a UK AID supported gender focused study with the aim of assessing the impact of the introduction of mechanised groundnut shelling on gender dynamics in selected districts in Malawi.



Over the past year the Malawi Oilseed Sector Transformation (MOST) programme has been conducting a UK AID supported gender focused study with the aim of assessing the impact of the introduction of mechanised groundnut shelling on gender dynamics in selected districts in Malawi. Based on this assessment, the study suggests strategies to address key barriers to women’s full engagement in groundnut processing, as well as increasing or safeguarding women’s roles in mechanised processing of groundnuts. The study was conducted in 11 villages, seven in Mchinji District and four in Dedza District, all of which have some level of groundnut production activities, and all-but-one have had some exposure to mechanised groundnut shelling. In its scope the study focuses on hand-shellers that rely on manual action to shell as these were prominent throughout  study sites, although a number of different types of groundnut shellers are available in Malawi. 

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