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Perceptions of Male and Female in Collaborative Process at Weija Irrigation Scheme of Ghana

Henry Mensah and Bachar Ibrahim
Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany
Abstract—Gender studies in irrigation farming are limited in Ghana. The objective of this study is to find out the difference between male and female participation, focusing on the types of farm activities they participate, reasons why they participate and how they significantly differ in perceptions on “Formal meeting”. The study surveyed farmers’ perception with semi-structured questionnaire administered to 151 irrigation farmers and analysed by descriptive statistics and non-parametric statistical test. The study relied on literature, interviews and personal observation. The responses of males and females tend to differ due to societal roles and expectations. The males mostly participated in scheme maintenance whereas females participated in fund raising. Additionally, the majority of the farmers attended meetings to acquire information and knowledge whereas farmers’ opinion was given minimum attention. The findings of this study deepen our understanding on collaborative processes at WIS and informs decision makers to respond quickly to specific needs, preferences and interest of male and female farmers.
Index Terms—collaboration, irrigation, participation, perception

Cite: Henry Mensah and Bachar Ibrahim, "Perceptions of Male and Female in Collaborative Process at Weija Irrigation Scheme of Ghana," Journal of Advanced Agricultural Technologies, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 159-165, June 2018. Doi: 10.18178/joaat.5.2.159-165
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