Economic value of children and fertility preferences in a fishing community in Ghana

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Univ. of Ghana, Accra, Ghana

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This article examines the fertility preferences of men and women living at Akplabanya, a fishing community in Ghana. The findings of the study show that demand for labour, expectations of long term security, and gendered power relations have contributed to high fertility levels and preferences in the study area. It has been concluded that significant fertility decline in the area will only occur when fertility preferences of men have changed. Family planning programmes must therefore target both men and women. Improving economic status of women will also go a long way to bring about fertility transition in rural communities in Ghana.

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Article de périodique

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GeoJournal, issn : 0343-2521, 2013, vol. 78, n°. 4, p. 697-708, nombre de pages : 12, Références bibliographiques : 38 ref.

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Pays édition : Allemagne, Heidelberg, Springer

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