"they grew women's crops, like coco-yams, beans and cassava. Yam, the king of crops, was a man's crop."

In the Igbo culture, gender roles were determined by many aspects of life including agriculture. Women were considered to be weaker than men, therefore women were not allowed to farm specific crops. Men mainly farmed the yams because they were the staple crop in their African society. Women were held responsible for producing all other crops such as coco-yams, beans, and cassava.

 
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