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Title:Rural Women as Food Processors and Traders: Eko Making in the Ilorin Area of Nigeria
Author:Watts, Susan J.
Periodical:Journal of Developing Areas
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:market women
women's work
food production
Women's Issues
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Economics and Trade
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4191318
Abstract:In a developing, oil-rich country such as Nigeria, there is a tendency to overlook the country's real potential - its human population - and development based on existing labor-intensive activities. This is in part because planners have not-yet taken the trouble to create a conceptual framework for such activities or to collect solid data so that they can assess and utilize this human potential. This paper seeks to begin to fill this gap by presenting a case study of one particular labor-intensive low-profit activity, the processing and selling of a maize-meal snack, eko, by rural women around the city of Ilorin, Nigeria. This study is an offshoot of a survey begun in late 1979 of population circulation in nine villages around Ilorin and in the old city itself. Detailed interviews about the processing and selling of eko were carried out in mid-1982 in the village of Bala, where half of the women were engaged in this activity. Investigations into periodic marketing patterns in the Ilorin area were conducted throughout this four-year period. Fig., notes, tab.