GENDER DYNAMICS IN MANGO PRODUCTION SYSTEM IN INDIA
AbstractA study conducted in mango growing domains in Tamil Nadu, India shows that the women's participation in farm decision making and involvement in post-harvest operations are not encouraging. The women own only about a tenth of farm land (6.91 per cent) and more than 95 per cent of the non-farm assets are in the name of men. Decisions on maintenance and sale of livestock are highly dominated by women (50.1 per cent). The income they acquired through animal rearing paved way to meet part of the household food consumption expenditure. The gender gap in wages was prominent in the project area. Women carry out harvesting and most of the post production operations like grading, packaging etc. but men largely control them.Â The outcome of the study suggested that redressing the gender gap in decision making, and improving the management skills of women through institutional intervention would be the key aspect in reducing post harvest losses, improving farm productivity and subsequently the income and household food security.
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