By Sucharita Sen, Abraham Daniel Raj, Sreenita Mondal & Soumi Chatterjee, The authors are Executive Director and Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Research Associate and Research Fellow at SaciWATERs, Hyderabad and PhD Research Scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University respectively.
Issue - Women and Work
Date - 1st July 2018
The paper explores the trajectory of defeminisation in Indian agriculture for over three decades based on NSSO and Labour Bureau data between 1983 and 2015. It concludes that withdrawals due to education and increased household incomes can only partially explain the trends.
With structural changes and neo-liberal globalisation there has been some evidence of feminisation of agricultural workforce in developing countries(Deere, 2005; Allen and Sachs, 2007). It has been observed that while proportion of labour force working in agriculture declined over the 1990s, the proportion of women working in agriculture increased in developing countries (Cornheil 2008). The Indian case, however, seen in a long-term perspective, captures a trend which is contrary to the above-mentioned literature. For the last three decades, there has...