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University of Guelph (1995)

Treading water : survival strategies adopted by smallscale women farmers in Zimbabwe

Tiessen, Rebecca

Titre : Treading water : survival strategies adopted by smallscale women farmers in Zimbabwe

Auteur : Tiessen, Rebecca

Université de soutenance : University of Guelph

Grade : (M.S.) 1995

Résumé
This thesis explores the socio-economic and ecological constraints faced by smallscale women farmers in the Charumbira district of Zimbabwe. The extent of the survival strategies adopted by these women to cope with ecological and socio-economic challenges are put forth in a case study analysis. The research carried out in this case study pointed to a deteriorating standard of living resulting in the adoption of survival strategies such as income generating projects. Current challenges witnessed in rural Zimbabwe include drought, Structural Adjustment, and social constraints including women’s lack of access to land, resources and technology. The sexual division of labour model employed in this thesis indicated that income generating projects perpetuate the sexual division of labour which has contributed to a deteriorating standard of living for smallscale women farmers in Zimbabwe.

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