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Gender, Food and COVID-19
Global Stories of Harm and Hope

ISBN 9781032055985
Published January 14, 2022 by Routledge
182 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of Contents


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
Regina Hansda

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
Kayla Yurco

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
Angie Carter

9. COVID-19, migrant workers, and meatpacking in US agriculture: a critical feminist reflection
Emily Southard

10. Queerness in the US agrifood system during COVID-19
Michaela Hoffelmeyer

11. Food corporation allegiance or worker solidarity? Summoning restaurant worker solidarity in the age of COVID-19
Whitney Shervey

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
Lia Bryant

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


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Paige Castellanos is currently an Assistant Research Professor at Pennsylvania State University, US, in Ag Sciences Global 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, US. 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, US. She is the author and editor of multiple books, including Rural Poverty in the United States (2017, with Jennifer Sherman and Jennifer Warlick).