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Liberalisation, gender and livelihoods: the cashew nut case. Working Paper 2

Working paper
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The report begins with the background and rationale of the study and the objectives and methodology are outlined in the second section of chapter 1. Chapter 2 analyses the involvement of women in cashew production and interventions aimed at increasing production. It also explores ways in which cashew and its by-products obtain value through the activities and decision-making of women. This helps to show the importance of cashew in people’s livelihoods. The concluding section 2.5 looks at the gender aspects of production and value shaping. Chapter 3 analyses cashew processing in factories and homes in the South by discussing the characteristics of cashew-processing technology and the national policy on processing. It also provides the current status of the factories in the South; and elaborates a case study of a small-scale factory in the South and home-based processing. Chapter 4 analyses the commercialisation of cashew. It explores such issues as volumes, prices and the national commercialization policy in Mozambique. It then elaborates a case study about cashew traders in the South. The concluding section connects the local, national and global arena, by referring to liberalization, gender and trade studies. In chapter 5 conclusions are drawn and recommendations presented along with key action points.

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