Agricultural Cooperatives and Social Empowerment of Women: A Ugandan Case Study

Citation:

Ferguson, Hilary, and Thembela Kepe. 2011. “Agricultural Cooperatives and Social Empowerment of Women: A Ugandan Case Study.” Development in Practice 21 (3): 421–9. doi:10.1080/09614524.2011.558069.

Authors: Hilary Ferguson, Thembela Kepe

Abstract:

ENGLISH ABSTRACT

This article presents a case study of Manyakabi Area Cooperative Enterprise in south-western Uganda, which shows that benefits from agricultural cooperatives can extend beyond monetary tangibles. We discuss several social factors that women members claimed have improved since they became members of the cooperative, including their confidence, their negotiating skills, the ability to be of service to their communities through transferring skills to non-members, and the ability to take control of certain household decisions when dealing with men. We conclude that these social benefits could be enhanced if they were fully acknowledged as important by agents of change.

FRENCH ABSTRACT

Cet article présente une étude de cas de la Manyakabi Area Cooperative Enterprise, dans le sud-ouest de l’Ouganda, qui montre que les avantages découlant des coopératives agricoles peuvent s’étendre au-delàdes aspects monétaires tangibles. Nous discutons de plusieurs facteurs sociaux qui, selon les femmes membres, se sont améliorés depuis qu’elles se sont jointes à la coopérative, y compris leur assurance, leurs compétences de négociation, l’aptitude à rendre service à leurs communautés en transférant des compétences aux non-membres, et l’aptitude à prendre le contrôle de certaines décisions concernant le ménage lorsqu’elles ont affaire à des hommes. Nous concluons que ces avantages sociaux pourraient être améliorés s’ils étaient pleinement reconnus comme importants par les agents de changement.

SPANISH ABSTRACT

Este ensayo examina la Empresa Cooperativa del A ´ rea de Manyakabi del suroeste de Uganda, un caso que demuestra que los beneficios de las cooperativas agrı´colas no so´lo son monetarios. Los autores analizan varios factores sociales que segu´n las mujeres han mejorado desde que se afiliaron a la cooperativa, entre ellos su autoestima, su capacidad para negociar, su servicio a su comunidad capacitando a las no socias en distintos menesteres y, adema´ s, una creciente capacidad para tomar decisiones relacionadas con el hogar cuando de negociar con los hombres se trata. Los autores concluyen que estos beneficios sociales podrı´an fortalecerse si los agentes de cambio reconocieran la importancia que revisten.

PORTUGUESE ABSTRACT

Este artigo apresenta um estudo de caso da Manyakabi Area Cooperative Enterprise no sudoeste de Uganda, que mostra que os benefı´cios provenientes das cooperativas agrı´colas podem ir ale´m dos recursos moneta´rios. Discutimos va´rios fatores sociais que as mulheresmembro disseram que teˆm melhorado desde que elas se tornaram membros da cooperativa, inclusive sua confianc¸a, suas habilidades como negociadoras, a habilidade de ser prestativa a suas comunidades atrave´s da transfereˆncia de habilidades a na˜o-membros e a habilidade de assumir o controle de certas deciso˜es familiares quando se esta´ lidando com homens. Concluı ´mos que estes benefı´cios sociais poderiam ser ampliados se eles fossem totalmente reconhecidos como importantes por agentes de mudanc¸a.

Keywords: civil society, gender, diversity, labor, livelihoods, Sub-Saharan Africa

Topics: Development, Gender, Women, Households, Livelihoods Regions: Africa, East Africa Countries: Uganda

Year: 2011

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