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Title:Social Stratification and Labor Allocation in Peanut Farming in the Rural Malian Household
Author:Koenig, Dolores
Year:1986
Periodical:African Studies Review
Volume:29
Issue:3
Period:September
Pages:107-127
Language:English
Geographic term:Mali
Subjects:Manding
farmers
groundnuts
Labor and Employment
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Economics and Trade
agriculture
Cultural Roles
Family Life
Sex Roles
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/524086
Abstract:Understanding the variation in resource availability (land, labour, capital) among farmers and the consequences of that variation for production is one necessary step in understanding the production strategies of contemporary farmers. Understanding their present strategies is a necessary step in transforming African agriculture to better meet the continent's needs. This paper looks at Malinke farmers in Kita in Western Mali in light of these issues. After some background information on the area and the study, the paper delineates three strata of farmers with different access to basic production resources, the most important of which is labour. The remainder of the paper looks at the consequences of those differing resource availabilities by examining different strategies pursued by affluent, middle and poor farmers in one crop important in the area, peanuts. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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