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Gender, Agriculture and Agrarian Transformations
Changing Relations in Africa, Latin America and Asia

ISBN 9781138384941
Published June 3, 2019 by Routledge
258 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book presents research from across the globe on how gender relationships in agriculture are changing.

In many regions of the world, agricultural transformations are occurring through increased commodification, new value-chains, technological innovations introduced by CGIAR and other development interventions, declining viability of small-holder agriculture livelihoods, male out-migration from rural areas, and climate change. This book addresses how these changes involve fluctuations in gendered labour and decision making on farms and in agriculture and, in many places, have resulted in the feminization of agriculture at a time of unprecedented climate change. Chapters uncover both how women successfully innovate and how they remain disadvantaged when compared to men in terms of access to land, labor, capital and markets that would enable them to succeed in agriculture. Building on case studies from Africa, Latin America and Asia, the book interrogates how new agricultural innovations from agricultural research, new technologies and value chains reshape gender relations.

Using new methodological approaches and intersectional analyses, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of agriculture, gender, sustainable development and environmental studies more generally.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Part 1. Overview

  1. Gender, Agriculture and Agrarian Transformations
  2. Carolyn Sachs

    Part 2. Gender and Agriculture Research

  3. The Implications of Gender Relations for Modern Approaches to Crop Improvement and Plant Breeding
  4. Jacqueline Ashby and Vivian Polar

  5. Change in the Making: 1970s and 1980s Building Stones to Gender Integration in CGIAR Agricultural Research
  6. Margreet van der Burg

  7. How to Do Gender Research? Feminist Perspectives on Gender Research in Agriculture
  8. Ann R. Tickamyer and Kathleen Sexsmith

    Part 3. Intersectionality: Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in Agricultural Systems

  9. Intersectionality at the Gender-Agriculture Nexus: Relational Life Histories and Additative Sex-Disaggregated Indices
  10. Stephanie Leder and Carolyn Sachs

  11. Diversity of Small-Scale Maize Farmers in the Western Highlands of Guatemala: Integrating Gender into Farm Typologies
  12. Tania Carolina Camacho-Villa, Luis Barba-Escoto, Juan Burgueño-Ferreira, Ann Tickamyer, Leland Glenna and Santiago López-Ridaura

  13. "A Bird Locked in a Cage:" Hmong Young Women’s Lives After Marriage in Northern Vietnam
  14. Nozomi Kawarazuka, Nguyen Thi Van Anh, Vu Xuan Thai and Pham Huu Thuong

    Part 4. Shifting Gender Relations in Agriculture, Fisheries, and Livestock


  15. Defeminizing Effect: How Improved Dairy Technology Adoption Affected Women`s and Men`s Time Allocation and Milk Income Share in Ethiopia
  16. Birhanu Megersa Lenjiso

  17. Implementing "Gender Equity" in Livestock Interventions: Caught between Patriarchy and Paternalism?
  18. Katie Tavenner and Todd A. Crane

  19. Implications of Agricultural Innovations on Gender Norms: Gender Approaches in Aquatic Agriculture in Bangladesh
  20. Lemlem Aregu, Afrina Choudhury, Surendran Rajaratnam, Margreet van der Burg and Cynthia McDougall

    Part 5. Gender, Labor, and Decision Making

  21. Permanently Seasonal Workers: Gendered Labor Relations and Working Conditions of Asparagus Agricultural Workers in Ica, Perú
  22. María del Rosario Castro Bernardini

  23. Gender Equality and Trees on Farms: Considerations for Implementation of Climate-Smart Agriculture
  24. Tatiana Gumucio, Diksha Arora, Jennifer Twyman, Ann Tickamyer, and Monica Clavijo

  25. Kinship Structures, Gender, and Groundnut Productivity in Malawi
  26. Edward Bikketi, Esther Njuguna-Mungai, Leif Jensen, and Edna Johnny

  27. Changes in Participation of Women in Rice Value Chains: Implications for Control over Decision-Making

Sujata Ganguly, Leif Jensen, Samarendu Mohanty, Sugandha Munshi, Arindam Samaddar, Swati Nayak and Prakashan Chellattan Veettil


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Carolyn E. Sachs is Professor Emerita of Rural Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Penn State University, USA.