‘Helping’ or ‘appropriating’? Gender relations in shea nut production in northern Ghana
Kent, R. 2017. ‘Helping’ or ‘appropriating’? Gender relations in shea nut production in northern Ghana. Society and Natural Resources. https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2017.1382626
The potential for the development of shea industries to increase women’s incomes is the focus of a number of development interventions in rural West Africa. However, concerns have been voiced over the potential effects of increased commercialisation on women’s rights over this resource. This study examines women’s participation in and rights over shea production in a context of increasing commercialisation in northern Ghana through a survey of 90 producers and eight oral histories.
Whilst shea incomes are frequently described in the literature as falling under women’s control, joint spending decisions for shea income were reported by half of the married women surveyed. This does not appear to be an outcome of growing assertion of men’s rights over shea trees themselves but rather is explained, by women, largely in relation to their husbands’ involvement in nut production.
|Keywords||Commercialization; decision making; gender; Ghana; shea; Vitellaria paradoxa|
|Journal||Society and Natural Resources|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2017.1382626|
|Online||21 Nov 2017|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||10 Jan 2018|
|Accepted||20 Jul 2017|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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