What determines women's participation in collective action? Evidence from a western Ugandan coffee cooperative

Meier zu Selhausen, Felix (2015) What determines women's participation in collective action? Evidence from a western Ugandan coffee cooperative. Feminist Economics, 22 (1). pp. 130-157. ISSN 1354-5701

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Abstract

Women smallholders face greater constraints than men in accessing capital and commodity markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. Collective action has been promoted to remedy those disadvantages. Using survey data of 421 women members and 210 nonmembers of a coffee producer cooperative in Western Uganda, this study investigates the determinants of women's participation in cooperatives and women's intensity of participation. The results highlight the importance of access to and control over land for women to join the cooperative in the first place. Participation intensity is measured through women's participation in collective coffee marketing and share capital contributions. It is found that duration of membership, access to extension services, more equal intrahousehold power relations, and joint land ownership positively influence women's ability to commit to collective action. These findings demonstrate the embeddedness of collective action in gender relations and the positive value of women's active participation for agricultural-marketing cooperatives.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Women's agency, household bargaining power, collective action, cooperative, smallholder farmers, Uganda
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Depositing User: Felix Meier Zu Selhausen
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2015 13:22
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2017 14:40
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/57351

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