Gender Mainstreaming through Technology Empowerment

Gender Mainstreaming through Technology Empowerment
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Gender Mainstreaming through Technology Empowerment

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Preface Indian agriculture is a symbiosis of various production systems, a way of life, a family enterprise, and a tradition that for centuries has shaped the attitudes, way of thinking, the culture and the socio economic forces of rural life. Agriculture is well known for its multifunctionalities of providing employment, cultural heritage, livelihood, social security, family bondage, nutritional and food security. Agriculture, the single largest production endeavour in India is contributing 27 per cent towards GDP. It is the main employer of women informal workers, with 75 per cent of the total female workforce and 85 per cent of rural women employed in agricultural sectors as wage earners or workers on own contracted household farms. The contribution of both men and women farmers is substantial, complimentary and essential to agricultural development. However, rural women despite playing an important role in this sector as producers and processors of food and taking care of family responsibilities don t get equal benefit as male farmer from extension services and programmes. Thus to achieve a balanced contribution, gender mainstreaming is the appropriate strategy. Gender mainstreaming is defined as the process of ensuring that women and men have equal access and control over resources, development benefits and decision making, at all stages of the development process. Women farmers generally have less control over resources as land, machinery and technology. Achieving agricultural development goals of efficiency, sustainability and equity is hindered by the predominant practice of directing extension services primarily to men farmers based on the implicit assumption that the male farmers are the main participants. This results in exclusion of women as participants and beneficiaries of planned change in agriculture sector. Women farmers despite their significant contribution in agriculture sector receive only 2 - 10 per cent of all agricultural extension services including involvement in decision making, trainings, exposure visits, credit, subsidies etc. For this purpose, gender sensitization is needed from highest level of planning to the grass root level, involving various stakeholders. This book touches upon a set of core areas in the field of gender mainstreaming such as Genesis of gender concepts, Gender issues in agricultural Research and Development, Gender analysis tools
and techniques, Mainstreaming gender need and relevance, Approaches for gender mainstreaming, Mainstreaming gender impact and parameters, and Appropriated technologies for rural empowerment. T.N.A.U. Coimbatore
Dr.R.Ganesan Director, Agri-Business Development Short Course Director Dr.R.Premavathi Assistant Professor Agril. Extension