‘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. ISSN 0894-1920.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Commercialization; decision making; gender; Ghana; shea; Vitellaria paradoxa
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD9000 Special industries and trades
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Human and Life Sciences
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Depositing User: Rebecca Kent
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2018 11:29
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2018 11:34
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/16769

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