A small world
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CTA. 2003. A small world. Spore 104. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A child's work is seldom an individual strategy. The chores children undertake benefit not only themselves, but the whole family.
A child's work is seldom an individual strategy. The chores children undertake benefit not only themselves, but the whole family. The Zimbabwean twins, Tinotenda and Tafadzwa are 6 years old and not yet at school. Tinotenda helps fetch water and firewood, herds the goats and chases the baboons from the fields. His twin sister helps look after her younger siblings, collects firewood, sweeps and helps wash plates. This is just one example from the interesting collection of essays in Women, Men and Work, written by researchers from the University of Zimbabwe on rural livelihoods. Just like the role of children in the household economy, the essays deal with the coping strategies of families, often leading to tensions between priorities. Nature conservation giving way to making money from it through crafts or firewood, for example. Other cases, such as a fruit-drying programme, confirm the need for development workers to fully understand local social dimensions and dynamics before any intervention can be successful. Women, Men and Work: Rural Livelihoods in South-Eastern Zimbabwe Edited by P Hebinck & M Bourdillon. Weaver Press Ltd, 2001. 172 pp. ISBN 0779220030 GBP 14.95 / 22.10 African Books Collective Ltd The Jam Factory 27 Park End Street Oxford OX1 1HU, UK Fax: +44 1865 79 32 98 Email: email@example.com Or in Africa : Weaver Press Ltd PO Box 1922, Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe