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Women in Agriculture and Rural Development

Shakunthala Sridhara (Editor) B Nagachaitanya (Editor) A.K. Chakravarthy (Editor) M.K. Nagamani (Editor) T.K. Prabhakara Shetty (Editor)
Synopsis Traditionally women's role in agriculture is staggering with nearly half of the population involved in agriculture and its related activities. Most of the agricultural activities are women specific but tragically worldwide women mostly end up as hired agricultural laborers with substantial gender disparity in wages, earning far less than men in the same job. To add to her economic woes, inadequate education, less than satisfactory dissemination of technology, globalization, economic liberalization, commercialization, urbanization, political instability, natural disasters, mechanization of agriculture, decreased agriculture, migration of men to urban areas, and occupational health hazards such as prolonged hours of physical labor resulting in musculo-skeletal injuries, pesticide poisoning also make the life of rural women miserable. True, there are policies and programmes of Central and State Government to alleviate their problems, but they are proportionately insufficient and their execution far from satisfactory. Much needs to be done in disseminating gender segregated data and gender bias in all aspects of agriculture, access to resources including land and natural resources, drudgery reduction, assuring nutritional security, diversification of activities of Self Health Groups and Stree Shakti Groups with emphasis on productivity including post harvest technology, creation of marketing facilities, ownership to land and other allied resources rural electrification, outreach from the media, collectives of women and inter linking of SHGs, adult literacy, health awareness, gender sensitization of extension functionaries and financials institutions, awareness about pesticide hazard etc.

Tragically rural women are not vociferous on issues like fetal killing of female unborn, high rate of female mortality, creation of special Economic Zones replacing productive lands, farmer's suicide and the plight of their widows, fate of pavement vendors and petty shop keepers replaced by retail outlets of big business houses, etc. The struggle cannot be won by only educated and Non Government Organizations on their behalf. The affected and victimized have to fight directly against the injustice they are facing. Extension workers and NGOs need to help them to become aware of their rights and government programmes specially designed for them and motivate them to redress their problems on their own. This needs scientifically collected information on their problems and relief measures available. The book, Women in Agriculture and Rural Development is a sincere attempt in this endeavor. It has valuable chapters on gender inequality in agriculture, technological and economic empowerment of women, poverty alleviation and training programmes, role of SHGs and Stree Shakti Groups in rural development, capacity building, nutritional profile of rural women, drudgery and its reduction, natural resources conservation and food security.
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About the authors

Shakunthala Sridhara

Dr. Shakunthala Sridhara after obtaining her Ph.D. in Animal Physiology from Banglore University joined a Ford Foundation Project on vertebrate pest management in the University of Agricultural Sciences. Bangalore, India in 1973. Over the past 33 years she has been researching on vertebrate pest management specially the control of rodents in the agricultural context. She has researched extensively on the ecology, population dynamics, food selection and feeding behaviour of rodents, toxicology of rodenticides and adoption of rodent pest management at village level. Her studies on behaviour relevant to management at Village level. Her studies on behaviour relevant to management of avian and mammalian pests are pioneering in the Indian contexts and well acknowledged culminating in adaptable technologies for their management. She has visited and interacted with specialists in the field across America and Europe several times. Keenly interested in animal behaviour studies and its application in pest and wildlife management, biodiversity conservation and ani9mal procedure, she is member of several national and international scientific bodies including the president ship of Ethological Society of (India, Indian representative in the International Council of Ethologists, IUCN species specialist group on rodents etc. At present is Professor and head of vertebrate Biology (Rodent Control) in the University of agricultural Sciences, Bangalore.

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B Nagachaitanya

B Nagachaitanya is a biotechnologist with several years of experience in Food Processing Industry, soon after his M.Sc. (Biotech) from Bangalore University.  His research thrusts are: Fermentation, Integrated Pest Management and application of biotechnology in environmental protection.  He has participated in several national scientific meetings and has undergone extensive training in laboratory animal management.  Currently he is engaged in research on the Potential of Phytoestrogens and control of mammalian pests along with Dr. shakunthala Sridhara.

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Bibliographic information

Title Women in Agriculture and Rural Development
Format Hardcover
Date published: 25.06.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8189422998
length xxiv+358p., Illustrations; 25cm.