Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Published online before print , doi:
From past to future agricultural expertise in Africa: Jola women of Senegal expand market-gardening
Olga F. Linares*
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Diplomatic Post Office AA 34002-9998
Contributed by Olga F. Linares, October 7, 2009 (sent for review August 2, 2009)
Jola women farmers in the Casamance region of southern Senegal use their “traditional” knowledge and farming skills to shift crop repertoires and techniques so as to embark on market-gardening, thus innovating in response to new needs and perceived opportunities. The argument is relevant to present-day concerns about regional food systems and the role of women in securing an income and providing extra food for the family.
Link to abstract: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2009/11/23/0910773106.abstract