Women's livelihood choice, and bargaining power:
a case of farm households in Ogun State, Southwest, Nigeria
This study examines how women’s participation in multiple income-generating
activities influence their decision-making power; it is based on in-depth
interviews of 366 rural women in Ogun State, Nigeria. Women’s bargaining power
was estimated using Principal Component Analysis, and the Herfindahl index was
used to estimate their income diversification. Results found that women were
better off than men in two decision-making domains, food purchases, and harvest
use. Farm income explained 54.4% of women’s income in total household income.
70.3% of women have low bargaining power. Their participation in multiple
income portfolios results in higher level of bargaining power.