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Beer and Baskets: The economics of women's livelihoods in Ngamiland, Botswana

Josh Bishop, Ian Scoones Compiled by

Report/paper, 49 pages

This report examines the economics of basket making and beer production in two sites in Ngamiland, Botswana. Using PRA methods, the study focused on the concerns expressed by villagers and explored women villagers’ use of wild species. The report provides and overview of the social and environmental setting of the study area, following an introduction to methodology. Resource management and control are addressed by examining harvest practices and resource tenure issues. Then the costs and benefits of basket making, contrasting the economics of using wild and cultivated palm. The comparative returns to labour of different livelihood activities are discussed, setting the role of basketry within a wider context. Resource conservation and management options are then identified.

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