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Title: Gendered spaces in natural resource utilisation for sustainable development in rural communities of Zimbabwe
Authors: Sithole, Mkhokheli
Phiri, Keith
Masabo, Thobekile
Keywords: Spaces
Agenda 2030
mopane worms
mopane woodlands
Issue Date: 13-Apr-2021
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Series/Report no.: Cogent Social Sciences;7 (1)
Abstract: Understanding gendered spaces in natural resource utilisation is critical in correcting gender inequalities in rural landscapes of developing states and thus ensuring sustainable development. This paper, therefore explores gendered spaces in mopane worm and woodland utilisation in Bulilima district of Zimbabwe by analysing niches of: exploitation, temporal dimension and niches that are resource specific. This paper utilised a cross–sectional exploratory multi-method research design. However, the qualitative approach dominated within this design. This design found practical expression through the use of both qualitative and quantitative techniques within a participatory framework. Taking this approach ensured methodological triangulation which was key in enhancing the validity of study findings.The quantitative dimensions of the study were elicited through a survey questionnaire whereas the qualitative dimensions involved the use of Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and Key Informant Interviews (KIIs). Results reveal that spaces where men and women interact, use and exert control over mopane resources are influenced by institutions that make them complex and fluid. The paper concludes that policies should target efforts that reinforce those institutions and spaces in which women assume leadership in natural resource governance in order to make 2030 Agenda a reality.
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