African Journal of Gender and Women Studies

African Journal of Gender and Women Studies ISSN 2516-9831 Vol. 1 (6), pp. 049-056, December, 2016. © International Scholars Journals


Global and African overview on Gender mainstreaming in smallholder agriculture development in Swaziland

Klerk D. Piencaar1*, Jacob Botha Tambo2 and Ernie O. Nadine3

1Faculty of Natural and Agriculture Sciences, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, at the University of the Free State, South Africa.

2WWF South Africa, C/O Table Mountain Fund, Centre for Biodiversity Conservation, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, PO Box 23273, Claremont, 7735, South Africa.

3World Vision Swaziland, P. O. Box 2870 Mbabane Swaziland.


Accepted 15 November, 2016


The paper presents a review of literature in gender mainstreaming in agricultural development. It begins by defining key terms related to gender mainstreaming, and then followed by the discussion of the historical background of gender mainstreaming. This is then followed by review of literature concerning the gender mainstreaming and agricultural development, and African perspective of gender mainstreaming and the current status of gender mainstreaming in Swaziland. The review ends by discussing the potential benefits that can be harnessed from mainstreaming gender in the country’s agriculture sector and development programmes.

Key words: Gender, mainstreaming, smallholder farming, sustainable agriculture, development.