Gender & Social Difference
This 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.