Role of Social Networks in Adoption of Technology and Empowerment of Women: Sociological Evidences from Village-level Studies

Padmaja, R and Bantilan, M C S and Parthasarathy, D and Base, A (2016) Role of Social Networks in Adoption of Technology and Empowerment of Women: Sociological Evidences from Village-level Studies. In: Proceedings of XII Agricultural Science Congress: Sustainable Livelihood Security for Smallholder Farmers, Feb 03 - 06, 2015, NAAS, New Delhi.

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There is abundant literature and information produced regarding social networks and the specific roles that women play in these networks and benefits they receive through them. However, much is left to be explored and understood on the role of social networks in increasing women's and men's access to resources and opportunities, and to establish means to map and measure them and how they are gendered. Another important step is to identify how social networks empower women, speci fically in terms of increasing their bargaining power. Studies suggest that men and women build and utilize social networks differently, and because the multiple roles that women and women's social networks play it is important to recognize and facilitate networks that can increase household access to necessary productive resources (Flora 2001). Increased participation by women in social networks can increase access to resources such as information about employment opportunities or income during economic crisis.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Others
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-Help Groups, SHGs, Agricultural Innovation, Social network architecture, Village-level Studies
Subjects: Others > Village Level Studies
Others > Gender Research
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 05:00
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2017 05:00
Acknowledgement: The authors wish to acknowledge the assistance of the Senior Field Supervisors and the field investigators support - VK Chopde, Y Mohan Rao, K Ramana Reddy, N Ramakrishna, Ranganath, Anand Dhumale and Likitkhar for collecting the data. Dilip, Balaswamy and Ravi garu, Dhanyavadamlu for providing the data . Thanks to Arun Kiran and Sudha also for providing the historical VLS data. ICRISAT for providing financial assistance to undertake this field work in the two study villages.
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