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TOOLS FOR THE FIELD
Methodologies Handbook for Gender Analysis in Agriculture
Hilary Sims Feldstein and Janice Jiggins (Eds.)
Using illustrative material from 38 cases in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, Tools for the Field provides a highly usable presentation of how development planners, trainers, and project coordinators can incorporate gender analysis in agriculture. It explains: initial diagnosis; research planning and on-farm experimentation; ongoing diagnoses; and formalising gender analysis in agricultural institutions and training programmes.
Kumarian Press, 1994. paper; 288 pp. ISBN 1-56549-028-2 US$18.95
SEE ALSO: Women and Sustainable Development in Africa (Category: Environment and Sustainable Development).

WOMEN WIELDING THE HOE
Lessons From Rural Africa for Feminist Theory and Development Practice
Deborah Fahy Bryceson (Ed.)
How effective is western aid-agency intervention in Africa? What can African women do to manage the AIDS crisis? Can western feminist theory be applied to the rural African context? These and many other vital questions are considered in this topical book by eminent scholars and development consultants.
Women Wielding the Hoe discusses the nature of agricultural production and social organisation, and fertility and sexuality in an agrarian context. It examines the role of outside agencies, with the objective of increasing awareness of the importance of women agricultural producers to African material development, and of exposing western biases that have traditionally pervaded the study of rural African women. It includes a critical review of conventional methodologies for documenting and analysing women's perspectives that will be useful in stimulating new kinds of research. Students and scholars of development, development workers, and policy-makers will find this book an important reference. Bibliography.
Berg, 1995. paper; 282 pp. ISBN 1-85973-073-6 US$19.50

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