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Title:Esan women, agriculture and colonial rule
Author:Osagie, Joseph I.ISNI
Periodical:The Nigerian Journal of Economic History
Geographic term:Nigeria
women farmers
women's work
Abstract:Esan women (Nigeria) have always been very active in agriculture and other economic activities right from the precolonial period. In the course of colonial rule, Esan women became the main producers of palm oil, palm kernels, and foodstuffs, notably cassava and rice, which were in high demand. Although the prices paid for these crops by the European buyers were not commensurate with the labour expended, a considerable number of Esan women were nonetheless able to derive significant economic benefits from their participation in the colonial economy. A large number were able to gain some measure of economic independence during this period. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]