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Record number 445110
Title Analysis of collective performance in the Malian shea sector: from fields to markets
Author(s) Sidibe, A.
Source University. Promotor(en): Thomas Kuijper, co-promotor(en): Sietze Vellema; B. Te´me´; H. Yossi. - Wageningen : Wageningen UR - ISBN 9789461738011 - 124
Department(s) Knowledge Technology and Innovation
Chair Soil Biology and Biological Soil Quality
Publication type Dissertation, internally prepared
Publication year 2013
Keyword(s) vitellaria paradoxa - participatie - collectivisatie - prestatieniveau - vrouwen - coöperaties - landbouwcoöperaties - markten - mali - participation - collectivization - performance - women - cooperatives - agricultural cooperatives - markets
Categories Gender and Labour

Shea butter extracted from kernels can be found in cosmetic and food products. Organising women to make butter for international markets has been central to development strategies in the Malian shea sector. However, only a limited number of women are actually member of and benefit from such groups. Detailed study of cooperatives revealed that non-members played an important role, and a case study cooperative showed how their interests were accommodated by becoming less dependent on a single, international market and by re-arranging its linkages with traders. Hence, rather than pushing women into a pre-defined practice, the making of butter, this thesis shows the relevance of understanding how women with different social positions engage in the performance of collective tasks in fields and markets. I conclude that co-operation emerges in evolving practices rather than from formal organisational models.

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