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Title:'I'm only allowed to sell milk and eggs': gender aspects of urban livestock keeping in Eldoret, Kenya
Authors:Simiyu, Robert RomborahISNI
Foeken, DickISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 0022-278X)
Volume:51
Issue:4
Pages:577-603
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:animal husbandry
gender division of labour
urban households
Abstract:This paper deals with the gender aspects of urban livestock keeping in Eldoret, Kenya. It shows that men and women play different but complementary roles in livestock keeping. Men show greater preference for and are more involved - in terms of decision-making and responsibility-taking - with large livestock and where income is the primary motive for livestock keeping, and perform tasks of an outdoor nature and/or which require considerable technical knowledge. On the other hand, women prefer and exercise greater control over small livestock, make the most decisions about consumption use of livestock products, and perform home-based routine tasks. However, there are instances where men and women cross gender boundaries, for instance where labour of the opposite gender is absent in the household, or as a strategy to control benefits accruing to the livestock. In terms of livelihood outcomes, women's role in livestock keeping is geared more towards improving household nutritional and food security status, while men's role is motivated more by personal benefits. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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