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Insights from two case studies on the socio-economic status of women farmers in low-income societies

Insights from two case studies on the socio-economic status of women farmers in low-income societies Women continue to dominate the agriculture sector in most non-industrial, low income societies around the world. Despite their significant contributions in agriculture, their work is undervalued and they are marginalised due to social norms and traditions. Based on this reality, the paper investigates the current socio-economic status of women farmers through two descriptive case studies based in rural Jamaica and in rural Nepal. Thematic content analysis was employed to analyse the data, using the women's empowerment in agriculture index, including education, resources, production, income diversity, and workload. The findings reveal that access to education, resources and income diversity are crucial to improving the socio-economic status of women farmers. Keywords: women farmers; Jamaica; Nepal; socio-economic feminisation of agriculture; education; autonomy; income diversity. status; Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Ishemo, A. and Bushell, B. (2016) `Insights from two case studies on the socio-economic status of women farmers in low-income societies', Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp.38­46. Biographical notes: Amani Ishemo is a Professor in the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of Technology, Kingston, Jamaica. His teaching focuses on urban and regional planning, and his research is centered on issues in urban and rural http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Interdisciplinary Environmental Review Inderscience Publishers

Insights from two case studies on the socio-economic status of women farmers in low-income societies

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Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
ISSN
1521-0227
eISSN
2042-6992
DOI
10.1504/IER.2016.074874
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Abstract

Women continue to dominate the agriculture sector in most non-industrial, low income societies around the world. Despite their significant contributions in agriculture, their work is undervalued and they are marginalised due to social norms and traditions. Based on this reality, the paper investigates the current socio-economic status of women farmers through two descriptive case studies based in rural Jamaica and in rural Nepal. Thematic content analysis was employed to analyse the data, using the women's empowerment in agriculture index, including education, resources, production, income diversity, and workload. The findings reveal that access to education, resources and income diversity are crucial to improving the socio-economic status of women farmers. Keywords: women farmers; Jamaica; Nepal; socio-economic feminisation of agriculture; education; autonomy; income diversity. status; Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Ishemo, A. and Bushell, B. (2016) `Insights from two case studies on the socio-economic status of women farmers in low-income societies', Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp.38­46. Biographical notes: Amani Ishemo is a Professor in the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of Technology, Kingston, Jamaica. His teaching focuses on urban and regional planning, and his research is centered on issues in urban and rural

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Interdisciplinary Environmental ReviewInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2016

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