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.
The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.
Part 1. Food insecurity
1. COVID-19, gender, and small-scale farming in Nepal
Stephanie Leder, Gitta Shrestha, Rachana Upadhyaya, and Yuvika Adhikari
2. Gender implications of COVID-19 in Cambodia
Sovanneary Huot and Leif Jensen
3. COVID-19, India, small-scale farmers, and indigenous Adivasi communities – 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. Renegotiating 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, Hazel Velasco, Mercedes García, and Olga Pérez
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 US agrifood system during COVID-19
11. Food corporation allegiance or worker solidarity? Summoning restaurant worker 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-Asi, Marc J. Cohen and María del Rosario Castro Bernardini