Mothers of innovation: Exploring gender and innovation in agroforestry in Sunyani, Ghana

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Wright, Kerri L.

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University of Guelph

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This thesis is an investigation of the key issues of gender and innovation in agroforestry. This study explored women's use of innovation in rural communities in the municipality of Sunyani, Brong Ahafo, Ghana. Set within an agroforestry development project, qualitative research methods involving semi-structured interviews, women's groups and community meetings, community field work, and participant observation identified the barriers and enabling factors that affected women's innovation in natural resource management. The multiple factors of land, labour, capital, and knowledge and information systems were explored as they impacted gender and innovation in the lives of rural women. A focus on mothers in agroforestry enabled this research study to highlight the complexity of gendered relationships in practice in the context of three rural communities.

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gender, innovation, agroforestry, women, rural communities, Sunyani, Brong Ahafo, Ghana

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