Intrahousehold decisionmaking and resource control

The effects of rice commercialization in West Africa

In this working paper, Patrick Webb takes a detailed look into the intrahousehold effects of commercialization and technological change in the West African setting of The Gambia. The research particularly focuses on how women farmers are affected by new production technology. A very important aspect of this study is its detailed analysis of the effects of change in a system that has both communal farming at the extended household level and individual farming. The research particularly shows that distributional effects of commercialization and technological change in Africa can only be addressed appropriately if analysis does not stop at the door of the household, but actually looks into changes in burdens and benefits within the complex household production-consumption system.

Webb, Patrick
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International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
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