Empowering Women Through Agricultural Extension: A Global Perspective

  • Rakesh Kumar Tiwari Asst. Professor, Physical Education, Government Degree College, Unnao


The case for actively integrating women into mainstream agricultural development programs rests on three basic tenets: (1) productivity goals are unlikely to be met unless women are factored into program schemes, (2) subsistence agriculture has suffered, to the detriment of family (and national) well-being and health as a result of traditional development programs, and (3) as a net effect of typical development programs women are worse off, with fewer resources (including time and wealth), and added burdens of extra work (and the implications for decreased health) at the same time that men become better off. The response of the development community has been shaped first and foremost by the issue of productivity. This isn't inappropriate despite the fact that some organizations such as the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (currently known as the World Bank) are chiefly set up to engender economic development and have historically had an emphasis on increasing economic growth in target countries.


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