Women around the world are entering commercial agriculture—and often succeeding—despite development policies designed to exclude them. In this comparative volume, case studies reveal that farm women in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are rapidly becoming more than “subsistence producers. ”
The authors explore the societal and domestic changes brought about as women move from subsistence agriculture to positions as wage laborers, contract growers, farm owners, and agricultural marketers. They demonstrate cogently that entry into commercial agriculture may increase women's power and status, as well as increasing the quality and quantity of food and household income.
Anita Spring is professor of anthropology and African studies at the University of Florida. She is author of Agricultural Development and Gender Issues in Malawi and editor (with Barbara McDade) of African Entrepreneurship: Theory and Reality.