ERIC Number: EJ1021378
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Powering the Women in Agriculture: Lessons on Women Led Farm Mechanisation in South India
Alex, Jiju P.
Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, v19 n5 spec iss p487-503 2013
Purpose: This article analyses how an initiative on farm mechanisation by a local government in Kerala in South India evolved into a formal organisation that provides sustainable livelihood options to women and small and marginal farmers and revived the rice production system. Design/methodology/approach: The study followed the case analysis method. Data were collected by interactions and focus group discussions with people's representatives, trained members of the organisation, farmers and experts of the state agricultural university. A semistructured questionnaire was used to elicit responses systematically. Findings: Women can be more instrumental in addressing concerns on the sustainability of livelihood systems. However, this requires new institutional arrangements and models of linkages that can empower communities. Democratisation of planning and decision-making has enabled better synergy among various actors at the grass-roots level. Local bodies, research and extension institutions, etc., have been found to have significant roles to play as partners in showing new pathways. Women-led farm mechanisation could be used as a tool for reviving agricultural production systems and for ensuring food and livelihood security. The case highlights the need for evolving context specific organisations to address emerging socio-economic and environmental issues. Practical implication: Sustainability of vulnerable production systems in the emerging socioeconomic contexts can be enhanced by gender-sensitive innovations in creating trained social capital and specialised institutions. Originality/value: The inference drawn would be of importance to policy experts, development practitioners, scientists and activists as it would help them explore innovative partnerships and linkages at the grass-roots level to address major socio-economic, gender and environmental issues.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Females, Agricultural Engineering, Sustainability, Agricultural Production, Empowerment, Agricultural Laborers, Organizations (Groups), Administrative Organization, Institutional Cooperation, Citizen Participation, Cooperatives, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
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Identifiers - Location: India