The Expansion of Cash Cropping; Implications on Gender Division of Roles: A Case Study from Gedeo Community - Southern Nation Nationalities and Peoples Region, Ethiopia
The overall objective of this paper was to investigate trends, status of cash cropping and its implication on gender division of roles in agricultural production. It has also further aimed to examine trends of decision making power on household resources. It has made use of primary and secondary data sources and 117 households were selected through systematic random sampling. Mix of qualitative (context analysis and narration) and quantitative (simple descriptive statistical tools) data analysis method was employed. The study was conducted on the basis of a premise that there are changes in gender division of roles due to the expansion of cash cropping patterns in the study area. The study discloses that traditionally, coffee production belongs to men since it generates the necessary income while being sold in the local market but women have no role at all. However, with the expansion of the market for coffee production men began to look at woman’s labor and in effect the involvement of women seems to have increased in the sector. The finding of this particular study further implies that despite their labor share in the sector, women have limited access to and control over the dominant cash crop in the community, coffee production, which in turn limited their access to capital. Therefore, the concerned stakeholder should work hard and exert coordinated efforts to harness gender disparity in the cash cropping sector to the end achieve gender equality and equity in the agricultural sector.
Takele Bekele Bayu,
The Expansion of Cash Cropping; Implications on Gender Division of Roles: A Case Study from Gedeo Community - Southern Nation Nationalities and Peoples Region, Ethiopia, International Journal of Sustainable Development Research.
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