Research Title: Gender on the Savanna: Colonialism, Development Aid, and the Transformation of the Agrarian Livelihood in Northern Ghana
Yuka Tomomatsu is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) at the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and Ph.D. in Agriculture from the University of Tokyo. She is currently working on her book project that explores the transformation of agrarian-gendered relations intertwined with economic changes and foreign interventions over the period of colonization and of post-independence developmental aid in northern Ghana. Based on ethnographic and archival research, the study illustrates the critical gap between the local reality and the external understanding of gendered livelihood relations in agrarian life, and discloses the contradictions of ongoing agricultural assistance to women.