Cut-flower production in Colombia--A major development success story for women?
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Development institutions like the World Bank describe the boom in the Colombian flower industry as a major development success. Where this industry has created some beneficial opportunities for women, who comprise the bulk of flower industry, it has also had negative impacts on their lives and social relations. Economic success of the industry has not always translated into personal success for the women working in it. Demographic and social changes in Colombian society are reinforced, and at times sparked by women's involvement in the floral industry.