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Cashew for Food

Hartmann, Lisa LU (2016) MIDM19 20161
Department of Human Geography
LUMID International Master programme in applied International Development and Management
Abstract
Cashew is a trending cash crop among many West African smallholders. The aim of my research was to investigate how the livelihoods of cashew farmers in central Benin are impacted by cashew production. I have selected a case study research strategy, using a mixed methods approach. Findings and analysis were based on four focus group discussions with cashew farmers from central Benin, and a quantitative data set which was issued and implemented by the African Cashew Initiative (ACI). Impact on livelihoods was examined in terms of the direct impact on household capital and the individual, and in terms of how the rise in cashew production influences regional food security, as an external factor acting upon the household, on the example of two... (More)
Cashew is a trending cash crop among many West African smallholders. The aim of my research was to investigate how the livelihoods of cashew farmers in central Benin are impacted by cashew production. I have selected a case study research strategy, using a mixed methods approach. Findings and analysis were based on four focus group discussions with cashew farmers from central Benin, and a quantitative data set which was issued and implemented by the African Cashew Initiative (ACI). Impact on livelihoods was examined in terms of the direct impact on household capital and the individual, and in terms of how the rise in cashew production influences regional food security, as an external factor acting upon the household, on the example of two districts in Central Benin. While cashew production was found to increase individuals’ access to capital, the entry barriers to cashew production cause inequitable benefits across the community. The regional food security is menaced in terms of the stability of the food supply, but increasing cashew production did not seem to be the leading cause of this development. It is rather climate volatility and soil degradation which have greater impacts on the stability of the regional food supply. (Less)
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Hartmann, Lisa LU
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organization
alternative title
Cashew Production's Impact on the Livelihoods of Rural Cashew Farmers in Central Benin
course
MIDM19 20161
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Livelihoods, Benin, Cashew, Food Security, Availability, Stability, Financial Capital, Natural Capital, Physical Capital, Human Capital, Rural Development, Farmers' Organization
language
English
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8877650
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2016-08-25 13:20:37
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2016-08-25 13:20:37
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  abstract     = {Cashew is a trending cash crop among many West African smallholders. The aim of my research was to investigate how the livelihoods of cashew farmers in central Benin are impacted by cashew production. I have selected a case study research strategy, using a mixed methods approach. Findings and analysis were based on four focus group discussions with cashew farmers from central Benin, and a quantitative data set which was issued and implemented by the African Cashew Initiative (ACI). Impact on livelihoods was examined in terms of the direct impact on household capital and the individual, and in terms of how the rise in cashew production influences regional food security, as an external factor acting upon the household, on the example of two districts in Central Benin. While cashew production was found to increase individuals’ access to capital, the entry barriers to cashew production cause inequitable benefits across the community. The regional food security is menaced in terms of the stability of the food supply, but increasing cashew production did not seem to be the leading cause of this development. It is rather climate volatility and soil degradation which have greater impacts on the stability of the regional food supply.},
  author       = {Hartmann, Lisa},
  keyword      = {Livelihoods,Benin,Cashew,Food Security,Availability,Stability,Financial Capital,Natural Capital,Physical Capital,Human Capital,Rural Development,Farmers' Organization},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Cashew for Food},
  year         = {2016},
}