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Title:Conflict and Cooperation: Gendered Roles and Responsibilities within Cotton Households in Northern Mozambique
Author:Pitcher, M. AnneISNI
Periodical:African Studies Review
Geographic term:Mozambique
Subjects:gender relations
rural households
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Development and Technology
Politics and Government
Labor and Employment
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Economics and Trade
Cultural Roles
Sex Roles
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/524944
Abstract:Since the late 1980s, agricultural policy regarding food and cash crop production in Mozambique has shifted away from a dependence on State farms towards a reliance on commercial enterprises and the family sector. This article examines family sector production of food and cotton in northern Mozambique on the basis of a survey carried out in 1994 in Netia, a 'posto administrativo' in Nampula Province. It first analyses the historical context and major factors that have influenced gender dynamics within rural households in Mozambique from the early 1960s to the present. Then it assesses the gendered division of labour, income and control in Netia households, examines patterns of land inheritance in a customarily matrilineal area, and exposes the ways in which women are involved in productive activities both inside and outside the home. Finally it examines whether and how households will be affected by privatization in the 'new' Mozambique. Bibliogr., notes, ref.