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Cross-scale relationships between social capital and women’s participation in decision-making on the farm: a multilevel study in semi-arid Kenya

Cross-scale relationships between social capital and women’s participation in decision-making on the farm: a multilevel study in semi-arid Kenya

Po, June Y. T. ORCID: 0000-0001-6124-8235 and Hickey, Gordon M. (2020) Cross-scale relationships between social capital and women’s participation in decision-making on the farm: a multilevel study in semi-arid Kenya. Journal of Rural Studies, 78. pp. 333-349. ISSN 0743-0167 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2020.04.024)

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Abstract

Social capital develops through relations between people and groups within community social networks. Women in smallholder agrarian communities often draw on social capital to influence their intra-household bargaining positions, with significant implications for their resource access. However, the extent to which women use different types of social capital to increase their participation in agricultural decision-making remain understudied. This research examines the relationships between women’s participation in agricultural decision-making and bonding, bridging, and linking social capital and how broader contextual factors can interact with the pathways through which social capital functions in rural semi-arid Kenya. In 2014, we collected and analyzed quantitative and qualitative data: household (N = 206) and community (n = 127) surveys, key informant interviews (n = 77), twelve focus group discussions, and eight community meetings. Results indicate that women draw on bridging social capital to increase the diversity of their information and training sources. We found that women’s participation in decision-making has a positive association with bonding social capital and a negative association with linking social capital. Multilevel analysis reveals cross-scale interactions between poverty prevalence and social capital on women’s decision-making participation. Findings suggest that advances in regional development have the potential to amplify the stock and usage of social capital for women’s empowerment in smallholder agrarian systems.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: food and nutrition security, gender, intra-household dynamics, multilevel analysis, social ties, social networks
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Livelihoods & Institutions Department
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Last Modified: 13 Jul 2020 20:32
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Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28570

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