Friday, October 27, 2006


NEW CAPRi Working Papers: Gender and Collective Action

CAPRi Working Papers 55, 56, and 57 can now be downloaded from the CAPRi Website. To download them click on the links below the respective paper abstract.

Groups, Networks, and Social Capital in the Philippine Communities. Marie Godquin and Agnes R. Quisumbing. CAPRi Working Paper 55. Washington DC: IFPRI. 2006.

This paper explores the determinants of group membership and social networks of rural households using a unique longitudinal data set from the rural Philippines. We investigate two types of social capital: membership in groups (production, credit, burial, religious and civic groups), or “formal” social capital, and size of trust-based networks or “informal” social capital. More, Full Paper

Collective Action in Plant Genetic Resources Management: Gendered Rules of Reputation, Trust and Reciprocity in Kerala, India. Martina Aruna Padmanabhan. CAPRi Working Paper 56. Washington DC: IFPRI. 2006.

Collective action aims at the joint management of common pool resources. Agrobiodiversity at the community level is conceptualized as a collective resource requiring the management of varieties, species and their interrelations within a farming-system. In the rice dominated agriculture in the uplands of Kerala, India, few community groups continue maintaining and thus conserving their high diversity in landraces. More, Full Paper

Gender and Local Floodplain Management Institutions: A Case Study from Bangladesh. Parvin Sultana and Paul Thompson. CAPRi Working Paper 57. Washington DC: IFPRI. 2006.

Floodplain wetlands are the major common pool natural resource in Bangladesh. Mostly men fish, and both men and women collect aquatic plants and snails. Case studies contrast a women-only, men-only, and mixed community based organization (CBO), each of which manages a seasonal floodplain wetland. More, Full Paper

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