Insights from two case studies on the socio-economic status of women farmers in low-income societies
by Amani Ishemo; Brenda Bushell
Interdisciplinary Environmental Review (IER), Vol. 17, No. 1, 2016

Abstract: Women continue to dominate the agriculture sector in most non-industrial, low income societies around the world. Despite their significant contributions in agriculture, their work is undervalued and they are marginalised due to social norms and traditions. Based on this reality, the paper investigates the current socio-economic status of women farmers through two descriptive case studies based in rural Jamaica and in rural Nepal. Thematic content analysis was employed to analyse the data, using the women's empowerment in agriculture index, including education, resources, production, income diversity, and workload. The findings reveal that access to education, resources and income diversity are crucial to improving the socio-economic status of women farmers.

Online publication date: Mon, 22-Feb-2016

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