The relationship between gender and agriculture has been studied intensively over the years, and many agricultural interventions now include gender as a crosscutting issue or mainstream gender throughout their operations. Studies of the relationship between gender and the use of ICTs in agriculture have started to appear only quite recently, however. The Africa Region of the World Bank views ICTs as potentially transformative technology for rural development and seeks to incorporate the use of ICTs throughout its portfolio of projects. This study was designed to examine the feasibility of integrating ICTs into two large investment programs: the Irrigation Development and Support Project (IDSP) in Zambia and the Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Project (KAPAP). The specific goal was to examine how ICT-based interventions might be designed to strengthen womens participation in commodity value chains under the two projects.
This paper draws on the experience of a participatory video (PV) project conducted in the Rift Valley of Kenya after the 2007–2008 post-election crisis when the country underwent a period of intense ethnic violence. After the ﬁghting reached an end, members of different communities who were now enemies had to return to live together as neighbours. In this case study, the author presents the impact that a collection of PVs created from the work of International Non-Governmental OrganisationMercy Corps for programme evaluation purposes, became a tool for peacebuilding and conﬂict transformation for the youths in the Rift Valley.