Mainstreaming Gender and Empowering Women in Agriculture in the Thar Region of India, Research Report No 69

Sharma, N and Shalander, K and Padmaja, R and Tyagi, P (2016) Mainstreaming Gender and Empowering Women in Agriculture in the Thar Region of India, Research Report No 69. Technical Report. ICRISAT, Patancheru.

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Research Program : Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD)

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We gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems Integrated Agricultural Production Systems for Improved Food Security and Livelihoods in Dry Areas. This gender study was jointly planned and implemented by ICRISAT and GRAVIS. We sincerely acknowledge the farmers, stakeholders and partners who participated in the participatory rural appraisal exercise, focused group discussions and workshops held at the action sites and Central Arid Zones Research Institute in Jodhpur, for their valuable inputs for shaping up of this document. The support received from Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti field staff and Ms Surbhi Jagrat is appreciated.This work has been undertaken as part of the CGIAR RDS


Social inequities based on gender norms reinforce nonparticipation of women in decision making at various levels, consequently depriving them of the benefits arising out of any technological advances. These advances could be in all fields in general, and in particular financial services. Integration of a gender responsive approach in all development initiatives assumes great importance in the context of economic relations in an agrarian economy. Despite the fact that women contribute immensely to agriculture and allied activities and consequently to food security, rural economy and development, their contributions go largely unrecognized. The need to empower women and mainstream gender in agriculture is necessary not only due to the extent and importance of their contribution but also for ensuring creation of equitable economic relations and progressive social milieu. This is important to build capacity of the large human capital (women) supporting agricultural production, marketing and consumption. As part of the CGIAR Research Program on ‘Dryland Systems: Integrated Agriculture Production System for the Poor and Vulnerable in Dry Areas’, ICRISAT in collaboration with GRAVIS, has implemented a project in eight randomly identified villages in three districts - Barmer, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur in western Rajasthan. The program is aimed at developing technological, policy and institutional innovations to improve food security and livelihoods using an integrated systems approach. The project reaches out directly to more than 3000 poor rural farming households, about 11% of which are headed by women...

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Divisions: Research Program : Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD)
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems
Series Name: Research Report No 69
Uncontrolled Keywords: Women Empowerment, Gender Research, Agriculture, Rajasthan, Women, Rural economy, Self-help groups, SGHs
Subjects: Others > Agriculture
Others > Rural Economy
Others > Gender Research
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2017 04:00
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2017 05:07
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