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Honors Project - Open Access


This research questions the theory-of-change underlying market-oriented agricultural development intervention. In particular, this research interrogates divergent commercialization experiences for women, depending on their differential access to resources. The sample covers women rice farmers in five villages in southwestern Burkina Faso, of which three villages are included in a market-oriented development program. I investigate the links between three resources: women’s level of land tenure security, their access to organic fertilizer, and the distribution of time spent on fieldwork. The most significant relationship is an association between women’s land tenure security and the dietary diversity scores of their household, across all wealth groups. Furthermore, the combined effect of land, time, and compost, is a negative association with commercialization. Overall, the findings suggest that women’s access to these “alternative” resources impacts their experience of commercialization, and this access should be an integral component of planning agricultural development intervention in the future.

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