What do we mean by ‘women’s crops’? Commercialisation, gender, and the power to name

Orr, A and Tsusaka, T W and Kee-Tui, S H and Msere, H (2015) What do we mean by ‘women’s crops’? Commercialisation, gender, and the power to name. In: International Conference of Agricultural Economists (ICAE), August 8-14, 2015, Milan, Italy.

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We explore the relationship between commercialisation and gender for groundnuts in Eastern Province, Zambia, using a mixed methods approach. Women saw themselves as having greater control over groundnuts than other crops, and both sexes saw groundnuts as controlled by women. Focus Group Discussions reported higher levels of control than found in a household survey. Propensity Score Matching showed that the machine shelling and higher sales did not reduce women’s perceived level of control over groundnuts. Women welcomed greater male participation in machine shelling because it reduced the drudgery of shelling by hand. This suggests that commercialisation did not disempower women.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: RP-Market Institutions and Policies
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Women Farmers, Female Farmers, Gender Studies, Gender Research, Zambia, Groundnut, Food Crops, Commercialisation
Subjects: Mandate crops > Groundnut
Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2015 08:06
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2017 09:58
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/9031
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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