This is a qualitative research which aimed at firstly, to identify the pattern and characteristics of decision making of spouses in families of candlenut (Aleurites moluccana) farmers. Secondly, to identify and to analyse the underlying factors of the decision making process. The study case approach is applied for this research. Primary and secndary data were collected from research informants chosen purpusively from households of candlenut farmers, community figures, government officials and university academicians. Data were collected through in-deph interview, focused-group discussions, field observation and library materials and analyse with decision making frame and Harvard analysis technique. The analysis indicate that concerning decision making of internal and external domestic matter were equally by the spouses, whereas for public domain activities husbands have a more dominant role than their wives who were only allowed to take part in post harvest activities. Secondly, the underlying grounds for decision making of spouses indicate that husbands are also more dominant than their wives in terms of access and control of resources and benefits from candlenut produce. The dominant role of husbands were also due to several other factors such as additional source of income enjoyed by husbands from side jobs, inherited assets or wealth, and local customs which seem to allow more advantage to men.
Topic: gender,tenure,forest governance,theses,farmers,Aleurites moluccana,farming systems,household surveys,decision making,gender relations,institutions,qualitative techniques,case studies
Publisher: Universitas Hasanuddin, Makassar, Indonesia
Publication Year: 2005