Women's empowerment in cotton growing: A case in Northern Benin

Aboudou Faridath Atchabi, Fok Michel. 2019. Women's empowerment in cotton growing: A case in Northern Benin. Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security, 4 (1) : pp. 13-29.

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Abstract : This article addresses the economic and social impacts for women growing cotton through the interrelated dimensions of resource, agency and achievements in women's empowerment. Women's growing cotton is explained by analyzing their characteristics and those of their husbands and of the other women, in the perspective of intra household negotiations and in the specific context and recent history of cotton production. Our study found a noticeable share of 20 percent of farms where women and their husbands simultaneously earned cotton income and where women spent less time in the fields while enjoying better decision-making power. This new status of income generation and role sharing within households is a win-win situation, benefitting from a change in social norms which required an extra-household chock, a period of cotton sector uncertainty in an exacerbated monetization context. As monetization keeps on prevailing in all African countries, it should favor further women's empowerment.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Femme, Coton, Économie de production, Revenu de l'exploitation, Approches participatives, Revenu complémentaire

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Bénin

Mots-clés libres : Revenu, Ménage, Pouvoir de négociation, Normes sociales, Femmes

Classification Agris : E16 - Production economics
E50 - Rural sociology
000 - Autres thèmes

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 5 (2019-) - Territoires

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Aboudou Faridath Atchabi, LARES (BEN)
  • Fok Michel, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR AIDA (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0001-8709-5687 - auteur correspondant

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