International Sugar Journal

Women in cane growing: case studies of rural women in the cane growing regions of the South African sugar industry* [Full subscriber]

Abstract For progress against rural poverty to be made, development planners, policy makers and agribusinesses need to make a fundamental shift in thinking about women and their roles in the agricultural sector. The South African sugar industry is comprised of 48% women growers; however, female and male growers are often blanketed together despite their differing roles and responsibilities, incentives and returns due to gender norms and other factors. Gender differences vary regionally and locally and change continuously due to economic, social and cultural factors. This paper, through an in-depth analysis, investigates special cases of women’s involvement in sugarcane production and…

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