Social difference and women's empowerment in the context of the commercialisation of African agriculture

Dancer, Helen and Hossain, Naomi (2018) Social difference and women's empowerment in the context of the commercialisation of African agriculture. Working Paper. Agricultural Policy Research in Africa Working Paper 8, Institute of Development Studies, Brighton.

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Abstract

This paper was commissioned to support the research design activities of the Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) Consortium, generating new evidence on pathways to agricultural commercialisation, on the theme of social difference and women’s empowerment. First, the paper explores methodological approaches and key concepts that underpin the analysis of social difference, as people move along different pathways to commercialisation. It analyses social difference in terms of gender, age, wealth, ethnicity and indigeneity, while placing special emphasis on APRA’s focus of women’s empowerment. Second, the paper draws upon three key outcome criteria - which we identify as power relations, structures and mechanisms and distribution of resources - to analyse APRA’s hypotheses and research questions through a lens of social difference. Third, the paper explores avenues for inquiry at the level of household and community, sectoral changes and political-economic factors, bringing attention to the interconnections between individual, social structures and wider political-economic developments and makes recommendations for research questions in these areas.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Working Paper)
Keywords: Gender and development, social difference, women's empowerment, African agriculture, agricultural commercialisation, agricultural economics
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD0072 Economic development. Development economics. Economic growth
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD1401 Agriculture
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD1401 Agriculture > HD1635 Utilisation and culture of special classes of lands Including pasture lands, water resources development
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD4801 Labour. Work. Working class > HD6050 Classes of labour Including women, children, students, middle-aged and older persons, minorities
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance > HJ0241 By region or country > HJ1441 Africa
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0503 The Family. Marriage. Home
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0503 The Family. Marriage. Home > HQ0531-0727 By region or country > HQ0691 Africa
T Technology > TX Home economics > TX0341 Nutrition. Foods and food supply
Depositing User: Helen Dancer
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2018 09:12
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2018 09:14
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/73208

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