Thursday, November 01, 2012
ORI seminar Series: "Cowgirls of the Kalahari"
Yesterday, Andrea Pettit from the Swedish Agricultural University presented a seminar titled, "Cowgirls of the Kalahari:questioning the citadel of male power in cattle production in Botswana". According to statistics, a third of Botswana's cattle holdings ( a fifth of the national herd) are officially owned by women. Other studies done among the Bakgalagadi in Botswana show that women were actively involved in cattle exchanges though to a lesser degree than men. Her study brings to the fore questions like " Where are the women in cattle producing areas and what are they doing?" and "Why are the social processes involved in cattle production affected by global and local changes and what does this mean for the men and women involved ?"