Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Gender, Food Security and Rural Livelihoods

Gender, Food Security and Rural Livelihoods
Edited by Maithreyi Krishnaraj
demy octavo hb 380pp ISBN 81-85604-89-4 Rs 600 Dec 2007

Agriculture in India is in crisis with the out-migration of men from farming to towns, cities or other rural areas in search of work, leaving the running of farms to women. The resulting feminization has ominous implications for food security and rural livelihoods. Women seem to be in a no-win situation where work burdens and responsibilities have increased without enhancement of productivity or earnings.
The book is divided into two parts: Part I, Perspectives, examines conceptual and macro issues; Part II, Regional Insights, presents field studies, discussing the day-to-day implications of the crisis. Offering an engaged and lively debate, these contributions raise important questions that affect the well-being of countless women who are engaged in agriculture.

Maithreyi Krishnaraj was formerly professor and director, and presently Senior Honorary Fellow, Research Centre for Women’s Studies, SNDT Women’s University.
Contributors: Sara Ahmed, Pralhad Burli, Barbara Harris-White, Mahabub Hossain, Aruna Kanchi, Praveena Kodoth, Maithreyi Krishnaraj, Joyce Luis, Kanchan Mathur, Alka Parikh, Thelma Paris, Nitya Rao, Amita Shah, Abha Singh, Swarna Sadasivam Vepa.

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