Researching commercial agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa with a gender perspective: concepts, issues and methods

Dancer, Helen and Tsikata, Dzodzi (2015) Researching commercial agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa with a gender perspective: concepts, issues and methods. Working Paper. Future Agricultures Working Paper 132, Institute of Development Studies, Brighton.

[img] PDF - Published Version
Download (495kB)

Abstract

This paper offers critical reflections on the concepts, issues and methods that are important for integrating a gender perspective into mainstream research and policy-making on land and agricultural commercialisation in Africa. It forms part of the Land and Agricultural Commercialisation in Africa (LACA) project undertaken by the Future Agricultures Consortium between 2012 and 2015 and informs the case studies conducted across three countries: Kenya, Ghana and Zambia. The paper compares key gender issues that arise across three different models of agricultural commercialisation: plantation, contract farming and small- and medium-scale commercial farming.
It further discusses how concepts and research methods deriving from the literature on gender and agriculture may be applied to mainstream research. The paper highlights the need for an integrated approach to researching gender and agrarian change in Africa. In particular, the existing gender literature provides a rich legacy for researchers of all disciplines to inform their research design and analysis. The authors argue for a more systematic evaluation of the gender implications of agricultural commercialisation across interconnected social levels: household, local community and the wider political economy.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Working Paper)
Keywords: gender, agricultural commercialisation, land tenure, labour, livelihoods, Sub-Saharan Africa
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: 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 > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
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 09:52
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2018 09:14
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/72590

View download statistics for this item

📧 Request an update
Project NameSussex Project NumberFunderFunder Ref
Future AgriculturesUnsetDFIDUnset