Women At The Nexus Of  Agriculture, Nutrition, and  Energy

women farmers at an Agriculture field day.

Food production is the most intuitive linkage between agriculture and nutrition, but the relationship goes far beyond. Women play a fundamental role in the households by providing the bulk of agricultural labor and as primary caregivers; make the decision on the choice of energy to use for household meal preparation.

Earlier in 2022, the LDRI team held discussions with stakeholders in Kiambu County to identify development challenges faced by women at the intersection of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Energy. These discussions included conversations with key actors at the County level from the departments of Public Health and Malnutrition, Renewable Energy and Climate Change, and the department of Crops and Irrigation. Through these, a clearer picture of how departments produced, managed, and shared data began to emerge. 

 

Data Production and Management at the County Level

Generally, the household survey found that food insecurity, gender inequality in household decision-making, inadequate information on nutrition, over-reliance on biomass fuels, and challenges in access to electricity, were the key development challenges faced by farmers in Kiambu County. The interviews with department heads( key acto