Need for Capacity Strengthening of Women Members of BAUEC for Homestead Gardening
The main purpose of the study was to determine the extent of need for capacity strengthening of the women for homestead gardening and to explore the relationship of women’s characteristics. Data were obtained from a random sample of 100 women members of BAUEC in 2 selected villages of Mymensingh Sadar upazila of Mymensingh district during September to October 2010. Pre-tested interview schedule was used for collection of data. Appropriate scales were developed and used in order to measure the concerned variables. Correlation test was used to ascertain the relationships between each of the concerned variables and extent of need for capacity strengthening of women for homestead gardening. The highest proportion (55 percent) of the respondents had high extent of need while 41 percent of the respondents had medium and only 4 percent had low extent of need for capacity strengthening for homestead gardening. Six characteristics of the women namely family income, organizational participation, training exposure, credit received, communication exposure and knowledge on homestead gardening had significant and positive relationships with their extent of need for capacity strengthening. The family income of the women had significant but negative relationship with their extent of need for capacity strengthening. It can be concluded that almost all the respondents (96 percent) had high to medium extent of need for their capacity strengthening. Thus, it could be said that the above factors should be considered for making developmental programme in order to strengthen the capacity of the women members of BAUEC.