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Title:Rural Development in Nigeria: How Do Women Count?
Author:Okonjo, Kamene
Periodical:Africana Marburgensia
Geographic term:Nigeria
rural development
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Women's Issues
Development and Technology
Labor and Employment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Cultural Roles
Sex Roles
Abstract:This paper examines the position of rural women in Nigeria, drawing mainly on evidence from the Igbo. In rural life, the social, political, and economic roles of women and men are separate and different. In the political sphere, women in most rural communities have their own organizations whose decisions are as binding and recognized as those of men's organizations. Yet women do not actively participate in national politics. In the economic sphere, women play important roles, particularly in subsistence farming, but also in non-agrarian ventures such as palm oil production, cloth dyeing and weaving, mat weaving, pottery, and salt winning. The paper focuses on the constraints which have made women's contributions invisible, and suggests ways to reduce or eliminate these constraints, particularly the provision of credit facilities and the improvement of agricultural extension. Bibliogr., notes, ref.