Vol. 5, Issue 3 (2020)
Feminization of agriculture and employment transitions in rural Assam: issues and challenges
Author(s): Miss Mondira Tamuli
Abstract: The rising share of farm work in India pursued by women-commonly known as the ‘feminization of agriculture’. In broad terms, the feminization of agriculture refers to women’s increasing participation in agricultural labor force, whether as independent producers, as unremunerated family workers or as agricultural wage workers (Cornheil 2006). But, quantitative increase in employment of women's work force participation does not necessarily indicate qualitative improvements or better conditions for them. Many scholars in their study argue that the conditions of work and terms of employment are worsening due to larger developmental priorities and policies of the state (e.g. reduce in subsidies, informalization of work etc.). On this background, an attempt has been made to examine and understand various dimensions and policy implications of feminization of agriculture in Rural India as well as in Assam.