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Gender & Social Difference

genderhpThis theme aims to challenge some of the accepted notions about gender and social relations in agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our research takes a ‘social relational’ approach - recognising that people operate within different social, economic and political contexts, not as isolated individuals. We are also challenging common framings in policy and practice that equate “gender” with “women”, and put women and men in opposition to each other.

We aim to demonstrate how a social relational approach can change the problem analysis and therefore the policy solutions to changing the status of disadvantaged groups.

Our focus is on processes of change - in particular:

  • the circumstances which allow structures to either open or limit access to opportunities
  • what kinds of support both women and men will need if they are to benefit from and/or adapt to change.

Women's collective action: new briefings

bee-ethTwo new policy briefs look at how collective action might help women to be more included in agricultural markets.

The first (pdf) examines the potential benefits of collective action, how these vary across contexts, and the challenges for policy. The second (pdf) addresses the problem of measuring women’s empowerment through collective action.

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Women and climate change: beyond stereotypes

fish2It is often said that women are more vulnerable than men to climate change. But behind such statements lie some big stereotypes and assumptions.

In a new blog post, Christine Okali urges a more realistic appraisal of the relationships and lives of rural women and men.

Changing the conversation on gender & land

keynote speakerOur conference in Cape Town on 5-7 March brought together more than 100 people from civil society, governments, academia and business to change the conversation about gender, land and agriculture in Africa.

Presentations, video, blogs and other material from the conference are now online.

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Opening up food security policy for Africa's women and men

africa-womenWomen are increasingly expected to be at the centre of food security for sub-Saharan Africa. But studies show that women and men engage in agriculture in flexible ways.

In a blog post for the Gender and Social Difference theme, Siera Vercillo argues for transformative, open policies that allow women and men to choose wide range of different possible options to feed their households and communities.

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