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Title:Cutting Down Trees: Women, Nutrition and Agricultural Change in the Northern Province of Zambia, 1920-1986
Authors:Moore, HenriettaISNI
Vaughan, MeganISNI
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:women's work
land use
agricultural land
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Women's Issues
Health and Nutrition
Development and Technology
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Labor and Employment
Cultural Roles
Sex Roles
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/722668
Abstract:This article describes how food and nutrition problems have been viewed by government development planners in Zambia from the colonial period to the present day, and discusses how their perceptions were, and still are, governed by their attitudes to the agricultural production system. Focusing on women's labour, previously ignored aspects of agricultural production are highlighted. The authors conclude that a preoccupation in the literature with the 'citemene' (slash and burn) agricultural system and the consequences of male absenteeism for this system has led to a distorted view of the causes of malnutrition and poverty. They suggest that the problems of female-headed households require a more complex analysis in which the absence of male labour is merely one factor. The poverty of such households may well be more closely related to their inability to generate cash income, especially since the evidence of research carried out in northern Zambia indicates that the mere presence of adult males does not ensure the welfare of household members. Notes, ref.