Gender and sustainable livelihoods: Case study of South African farm workers

Stefanie Lemke, Anne Camilla Bellows, Nicole Heumann

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    This study investigates how gender affects sustainable livelihoods in
    terms of the impact on food and nutrition security in farm worker households.
    Gender variables play a crucial role in the well-being of households, especially
    for women and children. A case study of South African farms shows that
    female-headed households, although having less access to earned income, take
    better care of the well-being of household members. While men remain the
    dominant earners, women have better access to social grants, remittances from
    relatives and informal incomes. Households led by women are found to have
    greater food security, defined as having physical, economic and social access to
    sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet dietary needs. The paper highlights
    the crucial role of women’s access to resources and power relations within
    households for sustainable livelihoods and the need to include household and
    gender variables in demographic and health surveys.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)195-205
    Number of pages11
    JournalInternational Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development
    Issue number2-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


    • gender
    • sustainable development
    • livelihoods
    • nutrition security


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