Gender implications of agricultural commercialisation: the case of sugarcane production in Kilombero District, Tanzania

Dancer, Helen and Sulle, Emmanuel (2015) Gender implications of agricultural commercialisation: the case of sugarcane production in Kilombero District, Tanzania. Working Paper. Future Agricultures Working Paper 118, Institute of Development Studies, Brighton.

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Abstract

Since the global food crisis of 2008 the Tanzanian government, amongst other African governments, has made food security through increases in agricultural productivity a policy priority. The emphasis in Tanzania is on commercialisation, with a particular focus on large-scale rice and sugarcane production. Gender equity within African agricultural production is a critical issue; yet limited empirical research exists on the gender implications of agricultural commercialisation now taking place in the region.

This paper presents findings from fieldwork conducted in Kilombero District of Tanzania in 2013 and 2014. The research takes the country’s largest sugar producer – Kilombero Sugar Company Ltd – as its focus and analyses the socio-economic implications of the commercialisation of sugarcane production from a gender perspective. The findings demonstrate the significance of gender relations in the development of commercial agricultural business models, local socio-economic development and land titling measures. They also illustrate the pressures and benefits for relationships and resource-sharing within households in the transition from food crops to sugarcane production.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Working Paper)
Keywords: Gender, agricultural commercialisation, sugarcane, Africa, Tanzania
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD0101 Land use
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD0101 Land use > HD1259 Land tenure
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD0101 Land use > HD1259 Land tenure > HD1332 Land reform. Agrarian reform
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD1401 Agriculture
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0503 The Family. Marriage. Home > HQ0531-0727 By region or country > HQ0691 Africa
Depositing User: Helen Dancer
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2018 09:49
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2018 09:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/72588

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