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Profit and gender in organic cotton farming in Benin: implication for policy

Tovignan, Dansinou Silvère and Nuppenau, Ernst-August (2005) Profit and gender in organic cotton farming in Benin: implication for policy. Paper at: Researching Sustainable Systems - International Scientific Conference on Organic Agriculture, Adelaide, Australia, September 21-23, 2005. [Unpublished]

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The development of organic cotton farming in Benin has unveiled the role of women as separate cotton producer, where approximately one third of organic cotton farmers are female (OBEPAB, 2004). This paper compares the profit of organic cotton cultivation by male and female farmers in Benin. Results showed that women increase their part of household income by producing organic cotton even though they make less profit than male farmers. It is suggested, that giving credit to female organic cotton farmers would contribute to increasing their profit and harmonizing the gender relationship in households. The paper also suggests designing a model to advise rural households in the allocation of female labour.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Organic cotton, Profit function, Gender, Benin
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2005: 1st ISOFAR Conference > 2005: 1st ISOFAR Conference
Related Links:http://orgprints.org/4013/, http://www.isofar.org/adelaide2005, http://orgprints.org/view/projects/int-conf-isofar-2005.html
Deposited By: ISOFAR,
ID Code:4369
Deposited On:15 Nov 2005
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:30
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:The paper presented here is the final paper submitted by the authors to the conference Researching Sustainable Systems.
The final edited papers are available with the following publication:
Köpke, Ulrich; Niggli, Urs; Neuhoff, Daniel; Cornish, Peter; Lockeretz, Willie und Willer, Helga, (Hrsg.) (2005) Researching Sustainable Systems. Proceedings of the First Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), Held in Cooperation with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA), 21 – 23 September 2005, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia.. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick, and International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), c/o Institute of Organic Agriculture (IOL), DE-University of Bonn. http://orgprints.org/4013/
Distribution: Paper copies may be ordered from FiBL at a cost of 28 Euros plus mailing costs (see FiBL shop at http://www.fibl.org/shop); FiBL order number 1394. A PDF version is available free of charge for ISOFAR members via the member area of www.isofar.org.

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