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New Books – Women forging change

state of India Livelihood REportState of India’s Livelihoods Report 2015 

Girija Srinivasan, Narasimhan Srinivasan, November 2015, SAGE India, 204 pages, Rs.1,195, Paperback ISBN: 9789351508656. This volume of State of India’s Livelihoods Report (SOIL Report) provides an overview and analyses the policies and funding framework through an examination of budget allocations, new policy pronouncements, large programmes initiated and reviews how legislative efforts have a bearing on livelihoods. Four flagship programmes have been taken up for an assessment of performance, among which the dairy sector has been examined in some depth as it provides substantial livelihood opportunities to vulnerable households. This sector covers the topical theme of skill development in the country. Non-farm sector livelihoods, especially in handloom, handicrafts and village industries have also been reviewed. The aftermath of the introduction of corporate social responsibility (CSR) obligations and private-sector engagements with livelihoods has also been examined in this report. As its regular feature, this report takes stock of the ongoing and emerging policy initiatives of the Government of India that are in various stages of formulation and adoption.

gender and CCGender and Climate Change
Impacts, Science, Policy

Joane Nagel, © 2016, Routledge, 250 pages, Paperback: 9781612057675 Does gender matter in global climate change? This timely and provocative book takes readers on a guided tour of basic climate science, then holds up a gender lens to find out what has been overlooked in popular discussion, research, and policy debates. We see that, around the world, more women than men die in climate-related natural disasters; the history of science and war are intimately interwoven masculine occupations and preoccupations; and conservative men and their interests drive the climate change denial machine. We also see that climate policymakers who embrace big science approaches and solutions to climate change are predominantly male with an ideology of perpetual economic growth, and an agenda that marginalizes the interests of women and developing economies. The book uses vivid case studies to highlight the sometimes surprising differential, gendered impacts of climate changes.

food security, genderFood Security, Gender and Resilience
Improving Smallholder and Subsistence Farming

Leigh Brownhill, Esther Njuguna, Kimberly L. Bothi, Bernard Pelletier, Lutta
Muhammad, Gordon M. Hickey (Eds.), 2016, Routledge, Earthscan Food and Agriculture, 182 pages, ISBN: 9781138816947

Through the integration of gender analysis into resilience thinking, this book shares field-based research insights from a collaborative, integrated project aimed at improving food security in subsistence and smallholder agricultural systems. The scope of the book is both local and multi-scalar. The gendered resilience framework, illustrated here with detailed case studies from semi-arid Kenya, is shown to be suitable for use in analysis in other geographic regions and across disciplines. The book examines the importance of gender equity to the strengthening of socio-ecological resilience. Case studies reflect multidisciplinary perspectives and focus on a range of issues, from microfinance to informal seed systems. The book’s gender perspective also incorporates consideration of age or generational relations and cultural dimensions in order to embrace the complexity of existing socio-economic realities in rural farming communities.