Gender and livestock production

Authored by: Elizabeth Ransom , Forrest Stagner

Routledge Handbook of Gender and Agriculture

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367190019
eBook ISBN: 9780429199752
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While livestock have long been considered one of the most important assets outside of land for rural populations globally and in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), there has been limited attention given to gender and livestock until very recently. Generally, livestock are increasingly understood as another dimension in which men and women’s access to, control of, and benefit from livestock is largely unequal, favoring men over women. In many cases, women and children’s labor are used to rear animals, while the benefits derived from the animals and their products disproportionately accrue to men. This chapter identifies three themes that emerge from the literature focused on gender and livestock production in SSA: (1) income and markets, (2) health and nutrition, and (3) risk and vulnerability. The chapter concludes by identifying areas for future research and avenues for creating a more sustainable and gender-equitable approach to livestock production.

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