What Do We Mean by ‘Women's Crops'? Commercialisation, Gender and the Power to Name

Orr, A and Tsusaka, T W and Homann-Kee Tui, S and Msere, H (2016) What Do We Mean by ‘Women's Crops'? Commercialisation, Gender and the Power to Name. Journal of International Development, 28 (6). pp. 919-937. ISSN 09541748

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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. Propensity Score Matching showed that machine shelling and higher sales did not reduce women's perceived level of control over groundnuts. On the other hand, women welcomed greater male participation in machine shelling because it reduced the drudgery of shelling by hand, and were willing to trade some control in exchange for the male labour required to capture the full benefits from commercialisation. This suggests the need to re-think the narrative of commercalisation and gender as a zero sum game in favour of a cooperative-conflict model where bargaining between women and men can result in higher incomes for them both.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : East & Southern Africa
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gender; Commercialisation; Mixed methods; Zambia
Subjects: Others > Gender Research
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2016 09:06
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2017 04:08
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/9796
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jid.3224
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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