Gender in Agriculture
Closing the Knowledge Gap
Quisumbing, A.R., Meinzen-Dick, R., Raney, T.L.,Croppenstedt, A., Behrman, J.A., Peterman, A. (Eds.), 2014, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 444p, 978-94-017-8615-7
Women play important and varied roles in agriculture, but they have unequal access, relative to men, to productive resources and opportunities. Closing these gender gaps would be good both for women and for agriculture. This was the message given by The State of Food and Agriculture 2010–11, a report of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). As it prepared the report, the FAO drew together a wealth of background information based on a growing body of research and statistics on women in agriculture, and it commissioned the International Food Policy Research Institute to edit a book based on these background studies. The resulting book, Gender in Agriculture: Closing the Knowledge Gap, is a compendium of what we now know about gender gaps in agriculture and why such gaps matter.
Banking on Self-help Groups
Twenty Years On
Ajay Tankha, 2012, ACCESS Development Services and Sage Publications India Pvt Ltd.
Development interventions are of many types and are implemented through many different institutions and agencies. This book is about a special institutional intervention that has touched the lives of hundreds of millions of people in India and created an unmatched resource built upon the social mobilization and empowerment of women.
This book undertakes a critical assessment of the growth of the SHG movement in the country over the last two decades, the role and experiences of different actors and the various challenges faced by them, along with a study of the enabling factors and constraints to SHG development in the country. It reviews the outstanding issues and examines the promise of new government initiatives on rural livelihoods based on SHGs.
The learning from this exercise will serve to contribute to new thinking in microfinance policy and necessary initiatives for the effective functioning of SHGs and their institutions.
Organising Poor Women
The Andhra Pradesh Experience
S. Mahendra Dev, Ravi Kanbur, S. Galab, G. Alivelu (Eds.), 2012, Pages : 297, Rs. 1095.00 / USD 55.95, ISBN – 978-81-7188-938-9
Why does poverty, particularly poverty among women, persist? One reason might be that we do not have the appropriate knowledge on which to base policies and interventions. But even if there was technical consensus on how to reduce poverty, the real issue is whether the power structures in society will allow interventions that reduce the advantages of the wealthy. Without power, the poor in general and poor women in particular, will not be able to argue for and to force the introduction of policies and interventions that improve their well-being. Hence, the need for empowerment.
Organisations of the poor are central to inclusive growth. Andhra Pradesh has been in the forefront of promoting these organisations, especially for poor women. This volume assesses and analyses the Andhra Pradesh experience. The papers in the volume will be useful to researchers and policymakers alike since they chart a specific and concrete experience in enhancing organisations of poor women.