Can minor fruit cultivation change the livelihood of the marginal peasants? A case study from Bangladesh

Kabir, M.S. and Salehin, M.M. and Jovičić, Elena (2016) Can minor fruit cultivation change the livelihood of the marginal peasants? A case study from Bangladesh. International review, 4 (1/2). pp. 91-100. ISSN 2217-9739

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Lemon (lebu) cultivation, a minor fruit production activity, is increasingly becoming popular among the marginal peasants. The present study aimed at exploring the potentials of lemon production and its impact on the changes in the livelihood pattern of the rural farmers as well as its impact on women empowerment. Based on qualitative and quantitative data collected from Mymensingh district in Bangladesh in 2015, this paper argues that life and livelihood of the citrus producer has significantly changed over the last decade. Income from the sale of lemon is the principal livelihood means and gender non-differentiated participation in the production process further enhanced the sustainability of the livelihoods. It also contributed to employment generation for those who are not directly involved in the lemon cultivation such as power tiller driver, irrigation pump driver, fertilizer & pesticide retailer, small lemon collector, lemon supplier in the study area. Moreover, increased participation of women in the citrus cultivation has changed not only their economic well-being but also social status, honor, planning and decision making power, and self-esteem. This study also shows that marginal and vulnerable poor women including landless women, female member of women headed household and widows significantly benefited from citrus cultivation. Yet, lack of cooperative society, financial support, credit facility, technical support, storage facility and marketing support are identified as the potential problems to achieve a sustainable growth of lemon production activity.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: COBISS.ID=223874572
Uncontrolled Keywords: citrus production, livelihood, marginal peasants, women empowerment
Research Department: Sustainable Development
Depositing User: Jelena Banovic
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2017 08:05
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2020 15:08

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