1st Edition

Women in Agriculture Worldwide Key issues and practical approaches

Edited By Amber Fletcher, Wendee Kubik Copyright 2017
    290 Pages
    by Routledge

    290 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Over the past two decades, existing documentation of women in the agricultural sector has surveyed topics such as agricultural restructuring and land reform, international trade agreements and food trade, land ownership and rural development and rural feminisms. Many studies have focused on either the high-income countries of the global North or the low-income countries of the global South. This separation suggests that the North has little to learn from the South, or that there is little shared commonality across the global dividing line.

    Fletcher and Kubik cross this political, economic, and ideological division by drawing together authors from 5 continents. They discuss the situation for women in agriculture in 13 countries worldwide, with two chapters that cover international contexts. The authors blur the boundaries between academic and organizational authors and their contributors include university-based researchers, gender experts, development consultants, and staff of agricultural research centers and international organizations (i.e., Oxfam, the United Nations World Food Program). The common thread connecting these diverse authors is an emphasis on practical and concrete solutions to address the challenges, such as lack of access to resources and infrastructure, lack of household decision-making power, and gender biases in policymaking and leadership, still faced by women in agriculture around the world. Ongoing issues in climate change will exacerbate many of these issues and several chapters also address environment and sustainability.

    This book is of great interest to readers in the areas of gender studies, agriculture, policy studies, environmental studies, development and international studies.

    INTRODUCTION - Context and Commonality: Women in Agriculture Worldwide - Amber J. Fletcher and Wendee Kubik

    PART I. Women’s Agricultural Work: Addressing Inequality and Invisibility

    AUSTRALIA - 1. Understanding the "Local" and "Global": Intersections Engendering Change for Women in Family Farming in Australia - Josephine Clarke and Margaret Alston

    CANADA - 2. Who’s Counting…. on the Farm? - June Corman and Wendee Kubik

    SOUTH AFRICA - 3. The Plight of Female Farm Workers on South African Farms - Maria-Stella Vettori

    INTERNATIONAL - 4. The System of Rice Intensification and its Impacts on Women: Reducing Pain, Discomfort, and Labor in Rice Farming While Enhancing Households’ Food Security? - Olivia Vent, Sabarmatee, and Norman Uphoff

    PART II. Gendering Sustainability and Food Security

    BANGLADESH AND LAOS - 5. Women and Food Security in South Asia - Margaret Alston and Kerri Whittenbury

    ZIMBABWE - 6. "Livelihoods in a Sack:" Gendered Dimensions of Sack Potato Farming Among Poor Households in Urban Zimbabwe - Manase Kudzai Chiweshe and Kudzai MacMillan Muzanago

    BURKINA FASO - 7. Diversifying the Garden: A Way to Ensure Food Security and Women’s Empowerment - Liette Vasseur

    INDIA - 8. Reviving and Strengthening Women’s Position and Agency in Ensuring Household Food Security: The Role of Home Gardens - Rengalakshmi Raj, E.D.I. Oliver King, B. Raghini, S. Abubaker Siddick, Venkatesan Gurumoorthy, and G. Kaleeswari

    PART III. Women’s Empowerment in Policy and Finance

    TANZANIA - 9. Improving Agricultural Land Tenure Security for Women: Assessing the FAO’s Voluntary Guidelines on Land Tenure - Andrea M. Collins

    TANZANIA - 10. Addressing Challenges of Rural Women: A Focus on Tanzania - Godbertha Kinyondo

    KENYA - 11. Can Sustainability be EnGENDERed through Informal Microfinance? A Case Study of the Kamba Merry-Go-Rounds in Ukambani, Eastern Province, Kenya - Carlyn James

    BRAZIL - 12. Participation of Women Farmers in Food Procurement Policies in Brazil - Andrea Moraes and Cecilia Rocha

    INTERNATIONAL - 13. The Rise of Institutional Food Procurement: A Tool for Empowering Women or Furthering the Status Quo? - Bryan Crawford-Garrett, Clare Mbizule, Karin Wachter, and Brian Sage

    PART IV. Working for Social Change

    MOROCCO - 14. From Empowerment to Transformative Leadership: Intersectional Analysis of Women Workers in the Strawberry Sector of Morocco - Julie Théroux-Séguin

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - 15. Building Power through Community: Women Creating and Theorizing Change - Angie Carter, Betty Wells, Ashley Hand, and Jessica Soulis

    CANADA - 16. Ploughing New Ground: A Feminist Interpretation of Youth Farm Internships in Ontario - Jan Kainer

    CONCLUSION - 17. What Works for Women in Agriculture? - Amber J. Fletcher


    Amber J. Fletcher is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Studies, University of Regina, Canada.

    Wendee Kubik is Associate Professor, Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, Brock University, Canada.