Trying to Grow - Gender Relations and Agricultural Innovations in Northern Ghana

By Martina Aruna Padmanabhan

This book explores the negotiations at the inter- and intrafaces of knowledge and gender. It analyses the construction of gender and knowledge to reveal how innovations in agriculture either transform existing gender relations or unfold a transcending potential. The case studies on the cultivation of cowpeas, onions and soybeans by Dagombas and Kusasis show that supposedly gender-neutral agricultural innovations become contested fields when men and women are "Trying to Grow". The contextualisation and social connotation of a crop decides over women's participation in rural development. The book throws a fresh light on the management of agricultural knowledge.


280 pages

Publication Date: 11/8/2002
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783825863685