Women and export agriculture: the case of banana production on St. Vincent in the Eastern Caribbean

Using village-level data from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, this paper questions the validity of the observation that women in the English-speaking Caribbean are concerned primarily with the production and sale of local food crops, whereas men are involved in export agriculture. In particular, the crucial contribution of women to the production of export bananas is emphasized. The Vincentian context and the village setting is first described, followed by a consideration of the substantive differences between male- and female-headed households in relation to land use and land tenure. The role of women in banana production is highlighted further by exploring time-allocation patterns.

Citation: 
Grossman, L. S. (2000). Women and export agriculture: the case of banana production on St. Vincent in the Eastern Caribbean. Women farmers and commercial ventures: increasing food security in developing countries. 295-316.
Year: 
2000
Media Type: 
Book chapter,Journal Article
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