Yams, a man’s crop? (Optional)
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In looking at the agricultural products produced by men and women in Cote d’Ivoire, it seemed to me that the men were growing non essential products while what the women produced were the basis for survival. What happened in families too poor to have enough land to produce cocoa, coffee, wood, pineapples and kola? Also what were the relative cash values for male and female crops? Did women in a good season make enough money to afford ‘prestige goods’?
I am reminded of the ‘egg and butter’ money earned by farm wives in the past. This was spent on ‘nice’ things for the family. In would not have helped if the farm had a major crop failure.
The pictures of yams in this video appear to be sweet potatoes (often called yams in North America), not true yams from Africa. Could you please change the video or make a note? Thanks.
Does this echo patterns outside West Africa? Are men both savers and spender on big ticket items and while women live in the moment?