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Trade in the lives of the people of Bangladesh

Grains of Social Movements pp 96-120 | Cite as

Part of the Frauen * Gesellschaft * Critique book series (FGK, volume 52)


A farm household in rural Bangladesh always tries to produce something for sale at the market in addition to their own needs. The farmer produces more crops and the farmer's wife keeps more chickens for additional eggs, or trees are planted so that the fruit or wood can be sold. In the language of economists this is mostly called “cash crop” (agricultural produce intended for sale), but the agricultural surplus cannot be generalized in such narrow economic terms. Perhaps the farmers simply spend the money on daily necessities such as salt, oil or spices and the women on a sari from the weaver next door, or the farmer pays the village blacksmith to repair the tools. There is hardly a household in a community that only produces to earn money. The part of the income from household work that goes beyond personal needs is exchanged for things that meet specific needs. The exchange of the products of diverse activities links the various and varied forms of livelihood by which a community reproduces the daily life of its members. It ensures the division of labor within and between communities.

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