Gender, Food and COVID-19
Global Stories of Harm and Hope
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This book documents how COVID-19 impacts gender, agriculture, and food systems across the globe with on-the-ground accounts and personal reflections from scholars, practitioners, and community members.
During the coronavirus pandemic with many people under lockdown, continual agricultural production and access to food remain essential. Women provide much of the formal and informal work in agriculture and food production, distribution, and preparation often under precarious conditions. A cadre of scholars and practitioners from across the globe provide their timely observations on these issues as well as more personal reflections on its impact on their lives and work. Four major themes emerge from these accounts and are interwoven throughout: the pervasiveness of food insecurity, the ubiquity of women’s care work, food justice, and policies and research that can that can result in a resilience that reimagines the future for greater gender and intersectional equality. We identify what lessons we can learn from this global pandemic about research and practices related to gender, food, and agricultural systems to strive for more equitable arrangements.
This book will be of great interest to students, scholars and practitioners working on gender and food and agriculture during this global pandemic and beyond.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Food insecurity
1. COVID-19, gender and small-scale farming in Nepal
Stephanie Leder, Gitta Shrestha and Yuvika Adhikari
2. COVID-19 impacts on Cambodian smallholder farmers
Sovanneary Huot and Leif Jensen
3. COVID-19, small-scale farmers, gender and food insecurity – the answer to the future lies in going back to basics
4. Social aspects of women’s agribusiness in times of COVID-19 in the Central Highlands of Vietnam
Nozomi Kawarazuka and Pham Thi Hoa
Part 2. Care work in families, households and communities
5. Covid-19, gender, agriculture, and future research
Hannah Budge and Sally Shortall
6. Re-negotiating care from the local to global
Part 3. Intersectional inequalities in the food system
7. Facing COVID-19 in rural Honduras: experiences of an indigenous women’s association
Alfredo Reyes and Hazel Velasco
8. Cultivating community resilience: working in solidarity in and beyond crisis
9. Covid-19, Migrant Workers, and Meatpacking in US Agriculture: A Critical Feminist Reflection
10. Queerness in the U.S. agrifood system during COVID-19
11. Food corporation allegiance or worker solidarity? Summoning restaurant solidarity in the age of COVID-19
Part 4. Beyond COVID: moving forward with policy and research
12. COVID-19 and feminist methods: one year later
Ann R. Tickamyer
13. The importance of sex-disaggregated and gender data to a gender inclusive COVID-19 response in the aquatic food systems
Afrina Choudhury, Surendran Rajaratnam and Cynthia McDougall
14. In and out of place
15. Beyond COVID-19: building the resilience of vulnerable communities in African food systems
Lilian Nkengla, Marc Cohen and Maria del Rosario Castro Bernadini
Paige Castellanos is currently an Assistant Research Professor at Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A., in the College of Agricultural Sciences’ International Programs and Rural Sociology. She is the co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Gender and Agriculture (Routledge, 2020).
Carolyn E. Sachs is Professor Emerita of Rural Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A. She is the co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Gender and Agriculture (Routledge, 2020) and editor of Gender, Agriculture and Agrarian Transformations (Routledge, 2019).
Ann R. Tickamyer is Professor Emerita of Rural Sociology and Demography at Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A. She is the author and editor of multiple books, including Rural Poverty in the United States (2017, with Jennifer Sherman and Jennifer Warlick).