Shady Practices Agroforestry and Gender Politics in the Gambia

ISBN-10: 0520222334

ISBN-13: 9780520222335

Edition: 1999

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Description: Shady Practices is a revealing analysis of the gendered political ecology brought about by conflicting local interests and changing developmental initiatives in a West African village. Between 1975 and 1985, while much of Africa suffered devastating drought conditions, Gambian women farmers succeeded in establishing hundreds of lucrative communal market gardens. In less than a decade, the women's incomes began outstripping their husbands' in many areas, until a shift in development policy away from gender equity and toward environmental concerns threatened to do away with the social and economic gains of the garden boom. Male landholders joined forestry personnel in attempts to displace the gardens and capture women's labor for the irrigation of male-controlled tree crops. This carefully documented microhistory draws on field experience spanning more than two decades and the insights of disciplines ranging from critical human geography to development studies. Schroeder combines the "success story" of the market gardens with a cautionary tale about the aggressive pursuit of natural resource management objectives, however well intentioned. He shows that questions of power and social justice at the community level need to enter the debates of policymakers and specialists in environment and development planning.

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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Richard Schroeder is Associate Professor and Chair of the Geography Department at Rutgers University. He is author of Shady Practices: Gender and Agroforestry Politics in The Gambia, and co-editor of Producing Nature and Poverty in Africa.

List of Illustrations and Tables
Abbreviations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Maps
Introduction
The Rise of a Female Cash Crop: A Market Garden Boom for Mandinka Women
Gone to Their Second Husbands: Domestic Politics and the Garden Boom
Better Homes and Gardens: The Social Relations of Vegetable Production
Branching into Old Territory: The Gender Politics of Mandinka Garden / Orchards
Contesting Agroforestry Interventions
Shady Practices
Notes
Works Cited
Index
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