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Title:Agricultural Transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Search for Viable Options
Author:Nindi, Benson C.
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:women farmers
agricultural development
small farms
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
External link:https://njas.fi/njas/article/view/716/539
Abstract:This article addresses the question of whether a turnaround in African agriculture can be achieved without supporting and helping smallholder (women) farmers. The first section presents data supporting the argument that a turnaround is not possible without helping African women producers to farm, simply because there are too many women farmers to ignore them. The second section presents material supporting the counterargument, that a turnaround is possible in the long run without helping women farmers: the intensification of agricultural production and the introduction of new technologies cause a decrease of women's participation in agricultural activities and the displacement of women peasant farmers. Development planning often fails to include women and as a consequence, African women producers are now being marginalized in the agricultural production process. This is shown by findings from, amongst others, Burkina Faso, Malawi and Tanzania. The author further argues that the displacement of women is uneven both within and between African countries. In the long run, smallholder women farmers will be replaced in some areas, and in other areas they will continue to be the norm. Bibliogr.