This study examines rural women access to and control of agricultural production resources in arable small-scale sustainable agricultural production in a developing country setting. Specifically, the study addresses the women's level of accessibility and control of arable land in agricultural production in the North West Region of Cameroon. The objectives of the study were: (a) to determine the extent to which rural women in the study area gain access to and control small-scale arable land; and (b) to assess the degree of association between access to small-scale arable land by rural women and their level of control of the arable land. The study relied on a one-shot case study design. The method of data collection consisted surveying a randomly selected sample of 1,120 rural women involved in small-scale agricultural production in the study area. The data obtained from the survey were analyzed using the following statistical procedures: (1) frequency distribution, (2) correlation analysis, and (3) one way analysis of variance (ANOVA). The results revealed that rural women farmers do have access to arable land through their families, but do not control arable land, and there is no association between access to and control of arable land. The study recommends that developing countries involved in arable small-scale agricultural production, should consider adopting agricultural policies that include rural women in decision-making, implementation, and evaluation of agricultural production inputs and outcomes.
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Agri‐Overseas asbl consists of individual members and representatives from the following Belgian institutions: the four faculties of agronomic sciences in Belgium (Gembloux ‐ GxABT/ULg, Ghent ‐ UGent, Leuven ‐ KULeuven and Louvain‐La‐Neuve ‐ UCL), the two faculties of veterinary medicine (Ghent ‐ UGent and Liège ‐ ULg), animal health units at the Department of Bio