n South African Journal of Agricultural Extension - Exploring the complexities of gender roles and psychological well-being in farm-families : implications for agricultural extension, management and research

Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0301-603X
  • E-ISSN: 2413-3221


Premised on the recognition that psychological well-being is a vital component of optimal productivity, and the need for agricultural extension to enhance farmers' welfare, the study was motivated by a dearth of research on the construction and determinants of psychological well-being and gender roles in farm-families. The intention was to gain insight and understanding of the farmers' life experiences, peculiar needs, problems and aspirations, in their unique socio-historical and cultural contexts. The study explored the complexities of the socio-cultural construction of gender roles and psychological well-being in farm-families of Ogun state Nigeria. The study is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing from and contributing to the bodies of knowledge in gender-based research, social psychology, family studies, and agricultural extension. Findings reveal a need for the development of gender-sensitive and culture-specific strategies in the agricultural extension system, aimed at improving psychological well-being and livelihood security of farm-families and ultimately enhancing sustainable agricultural and national development.

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