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Title:Gender and Contract Farming in Kericho, Kenya
Authors:Von Bulow, Dorthe
Sorensen, Anne
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:gender relations
contract farming
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Development and Technology
Labor and Employment
Cultural Roles
Sex Roles
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056249308703984
Abstract:This article demonstrates the necessity of looking at gender as a major analytical category in the analysis of agricultural development. Contrary to other production systems, like plantations and State farms, it is characteristic of smallholder outgrower schemes that their operation is based on the farmers' control over land and labour. However, this study of smallholder tea production in Kericho District, Kenya, shows that men do not automatically control their wives' labour. In the survey area, one-third of all tea plots were partly or completely neglected largely because of conflicts between spouses. The problem of low productivity in smallholder tea production is thus intimately linked to prevailing gender relations in a local community, a factor characteristically ignored by studies of smallholder contract farming, which tend to focus narrowly on technical, institutional and economic factors. The article is based on fieldwork carried out between March 1985 and April 1986 in Mosop Location, Kericho District, which is mainly inhabited by the Kipsigis. Bibliogr., sum.