Feminist Africa journal released a new issue at the end of 2022 that discusses the agricultural livelihood of rural women. The issue is titled Revisiting Gender in Rural Livelihoods and Development Interventions and edited by Akua Opokua Britwum, an associate professor of gender and labor studies.
Feminist Africa is a peer-reviewed journal of transnational feminisms and gender and women’s studies. Currently based at the Institute of African Studies in the University of Ghana in Accra, it provides a platform for intellectual and activist research, dialogue, and strategy to examine creativity and resistance in African worlds.
The latest issue is the second installment in Volume 3 and features scholars such as Natacha Bruna, Loretta Baidoo, Faustina Obeng Adomaa, and more.
The articles discuss the many hindrances that compromise rural women’s ability to benefit from development interventions. Some of these factors include lack of access to resources, environmental challenges due to weather, soil, and water content, and lack of attention to women’s productivity in rural agriculture.
Natacha Bruna’s article is centered on a tree plantation company in rural Mozambique and talks about how pre-existing structures of inequality lead to women being impacted more heavily by land grabbing and also left out of compensation opportunities. Meanwhile, Loretta Baidoo focuses on rural Ghana and uses radical feminist perspectives to argue that development interventions need to include gender-sensitive tools to create real change and lead to women’s empowerment.
The articles all look fascinating and we highly recommend you check out this issue if you have ever been curious about African rural women’s position with agriculture! Download your copy of the Feminist Africa issue here.