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Much is being written about the successes in agriculture in Africa, not least cassava and it major transformation from a dood security crop to an industrial commercial crop. But little is said about how this is affecting women. In our project we aim to understand how some of these processes are unfolding especially when it aomes to the effects on women. Is there anyone else interested in exploring this further?
Linley, you have raised a very important point here. I know that in Nigeria, studies have shown that men and women make significant contribution to the cassava industry and specialize in different tasks. For example, many women cassava farmers focus more on weeding, harvesting, transporting and processing of cassava while the men focus on land clearing, ploughing and planting. The advent of new mechanized tools in recent years has further redefined the distribution of labour amongst men and female cassava farmers. More men go into processing due to the mechanized equipment which enables them to manage the mechanized processing tasks more easily.
It might be necessary to use Nigeria as one of the countries where a case study can be conducted to find out the ongoing trends in the country.
Emmanuel has the possibility to travel to Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi mid November for the sample collection survey. More documents related to this travel and survey will follow.
Thanks Uzo for the response. One thing that I also observe is how women in West Africa are affected differently from women in Southern and East Africa. Though mechanisation does exist to some degree in the South it appears that men are more able to access it than women. I would like to understand why this is so. Studies show similar trajectories with other crops.
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