The paper provides a nuanced and grounded understanding of how young girls relate to agriculture with special emphasis on land ownership, labour, and participation in agricultural policy making. In particular, it questions how agriculture can enhance young women’s empowerment. It is based on research carried out in five districts across Zimbabwe. The study was initially a qualitative inquiry in Mazowe concentrating on in depth interviews, focus group discussions and life histories of adolescent girls. In the process of finishing this fieldwork there was an opportunity to increase the scope of the study to include four other districts across Zimbabwe. The research was done under the auspices of Ruzivo Trust from December 2012 to January 2013. This included a quantitative survey and qualitative case studies with adolescent youths in Gokwe South, Chimanimani and Goromonzi.
Chiweshe, M.K. An investigation into the marginalisation of adolescent girls from the agrarianstructure and its impacts on their livelihoods in Africa: Experiences from Zimbabwe. Future Agricultures Consortium, Brighton, UK (2014) 18 pp.