Lincoln Addison


Lincoln Addison is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Memorial University. His research focuses on the gender and labor impacts of agricultural intensification in Southern Africa. 

Recent Publications:

2021 “Women’s Empowerment in Africa: Critical Reflections on the Abbreviated Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (A-WEAI).” African Studies Review 64 (2): 276-291. (First Author with Matthew Schnurr, Christopher Gore, Sylvia Bawa and Sarah Mujabi-Mujuzi). 

2020  “Limits to Biofortification: Farmer Perspectives on Vitamin A Enriched Banana in Uganda.” Journal of Peasant Studies, 47 (2): 326-345. (Second Author with Matthew Schnurr and Sarah Mujabi-Mujuzi). 

2019    Chiefs of the Plantation: Authority and Contestation on the South Africa-Zimbabwe Border. McGill Queens University Press. 

2019   “The Fragility of Empowerment: Changing Gender Relations in a Zimbabwean Resettlement Area.” Review of African Political Economy, 46 (159): 101-116.

Migrant Mothers in High Value Horticulture: Learning from One Zimbabwean Mother’s Story in South Africa 


Based on over one year of ethnographic research, this paper examines the challenges Zimbabwean mothers face while working in high value horticulture in South Africa. The paper focuses on the story of one migrant mother, Mai Rutendo, whom I met during my fieldwork. Mai Rutendo was accompanied by her eight-year-old daughter during her time of employment as a migrant farm worker, a situation that makes visible the challenges mothers confront as they try to juggle employment alongside parenting responsibilities. Her story illustrates the complex and individualized circumstances that motivate mothers to migrate for agricultural employment, their vulnerability to gender-based violence, as well as the survival strategies mothers use to cope with insecure employment and care for their children.

Migrant Mothers in High Value Horticulture; Learning from One Zimbabwean Mother’s Story in South Africa

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