Inside the Farms: Rhythms and Hierarchies

  • Gerda Kuiper


This chapter zooms in on the workplace and analyses flower production in Kenya as an “agro-industry”. The chapter shows how the Naivasha cut flower farms have to navigate the demands of the crop and of the markets on the one hand, which make them reliant on a stable and disciplined workforce, and the consent of their workers on the other hand. The chapter contains detailed descriptions of the physical layout of the farms, of the time-conscious production processes, and of the hierarchies and (gendered) divisions of labour within the farms. The chapter furthermore discusses recent trends in the industry, such as the increased influence of certification schemes and trade unions.


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  • Gerda Kuiper
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  1. 1.Global South Studies CentreUniversity of CologneKölnGermany

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