Gender and Socio-Economic Issues

AIP supports an integrated strategy that addresses gender issues and assists women in becoming effective participants in the agricultural community. Gender bias occurs in many parts of India and its effect on women’s participation in the food value chain varies widely with cultural idiosyncrasies. Gender analysis in agriculture to identify the connections between the needs of the farm, rural women and poverty is critical to ensuring food security.


  • Dr. Cathy Rakowski, Associate Professor, Women’s Studies and Rural Sociology, The Ohio State University, traveled to India June 11-30, 2012, to meet with faculty from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology (SVPUA&T), Meerut, to discuss developing gender-based courses in agriculture that would include attention to relevant socio-economic issues important in carrying out extension programs. Dr. Rakowski also visited Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) to study their current courses on gender issues and discussed ways in which students and faculty members could be engaged in extension activities. Her research will be used to finalize a work plan for introducing gender-based courses at Indian agricultural universities. This work plan will include visits by BHU faculty members to Ohio State for training in gender-related courses and extension activities.

  • Dr. Cathy Rakowski, attended the collaborative workshop on “Harnessing Agricultural Education and Research for Rural Development” at Radisson Blu, New Delhi December 19-21, 2011 to discuss the current and future trends in gender issues in agricultural curriculum in US land-grant universities and underscored the need for incorporating gender studies in agricultural curriculum and how the gender issues in agriculture ought to be handled in the curriculum. She presented her views on organic farming and marketing, environmental activism and management and other related topics. She also spoke on human rights, women empowerment, gender equity, environment awareness, etc.

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