Female Labour Absorption in Indian Agriculture
A Study based on Farm-Enterprise Data
Please cite the paper as:
Prachi Bansal, (2022), Female Labour Absorption in Indian Agriculture
A Study based on Farm-Enterprise Data, World Economics Association (WEA) Conferences, No. 1 2022, Feminist Economics, Contributions and Challenges
Very interesting paper, Prachi. Thank you for putting this out. I have been working on the rural non-farm sector in Assam and found similar trends, especially fewer women in the non-farm sector. You have mentioned how there is a concentration of women in marginal tasks in agriculture. Would you consider this as evidence for feminization and casualization of farm activities?
Thank you Ritwika. My argument is that women’s work in agriculture has also shrunk considerably. The only employment that they are getting in agriculture in Haryana is in marginal tasks (tasks which men, by choice, don’t want to engage in, such as cotton picking, paddy transplanting). The evidence points to defeminization and casualisation of women’s work.