Changing Access To Land For Women In Sub-Saharan Africa

Authored by: Michael Kevane

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Development

Print publication date:  February  2015
Online publication date:  February  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415829083
eBook ISBN: 9780203383117
Adobe ISBN: 9781134094714

10.4324/9780203383117.ch10

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Abstract

Although women work alongside men in farms across the breadth of Africa, they neither own nor control much land. Women work on fields owned by their fathers, their husbands, their brothers, and other males in their lineage. When they do control fields on their own, their ownership rights are limited. Even households headed by women are constrained by male lineage elders, and required to eventually pass on land to their sons rather than their daughters.

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