Women farmers emerging as decision-makers, innovators in wheat-based systems: Study -Shagun Kapil

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Women adopted specific strategies to further their interests in the context of wheat-based livelihoods, challenging men as sole decision-makers, the study found

Women in societies practicing wheat-based agriculture have started challenging the norm of men being sole decision-makers. They are transitioning from workers to innovators and managers, a recent study has found.

Women were adopting specific strategies to further their interests in the context of wheat-based livelihoods, the study found. The process, however, is far from straightforward.

The findings, published in June in the European Journal of Development Research, were based on data collected from a fieldwork conducted by Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in 2015 in six wheat-growing communities Bihar, Uttar Pradesh (UP), Haryana and Punjab.

The aim was to examine the ways in — and the degree to which — women and men farmers were able to innovate. It also aimed to assess how locally valid gender norms affected their capacity to do the same. While more women have started working in the fields due to migration of men from rural areas to cities, data on their specific roles in agriculture remains sparse.

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Down to Earth, 17 July, 2020, https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/agriculture/women-farmers-emerging-as-decision-makers-innovators-in-wheat-based-systems-study-72344?fbclid=IwAR2tFYas5FIgXdp-BLTAJBV9itk-WWLHG7F3-sVPb-qi0ZeJJ-F0z6fyYts

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