Myths about the Feminization of Agriculture: Implications for food security
Women’s increased roles in agriculture may offer opportunities for gender transformation under certain conditions but may be disempowering under others.
The feminization of agriculture is a term used to describe women’s increased roles in agriculture in many parts of the world. However, the changes occurring in the agricultural sector are more complex than this term suggests.
There exist a wide range of changes happening regarding rural labor, for both men and women. Women’s increased roles in agriculture may offer opportunities for gender transformation under certain conditions but may be disempowering under other conditions. These changes have implications for global food security agenda toward gender equity and equality in the agricultural sector.
In this webinar, Cheryl Doss (University of Oxford) and Nozomi Kawarazuka (International Potato Center) will present and discuss myths about the feminization of agriculture.
They will debunk four common myths:
- Fminization of agriculture is the predominant global trend
- Feminization is bad for agriculture
- The women remaining in agriculture are passive victims and not farmers
- Women farmers everywhere face similar challenges as the rural sector transforms.