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Gender in Agriculture and Women Empowerment: A Study of West Bengal

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Women are fundamental part of food production process and their importance in agriculture is paramount. Women constitute two fifths of the country’s agricultural workforce, with three-fourths of all ‘working’ women finding sustenance in farm sector. The key role of women in agriculture varies from performing as farmers with legal land right (de-jure female farmers) to working as family farm operator/labour in spouses’ land in his physical absence (de-facto female farmers) to operating purely as agricultural labourer in own farm or in farm wage market. The speaker analyses important changes with regard to gender participation in agriculture, gender-specific contributions to food production, gender role in decision making at farm and household level and the resultant effect on women empowerment, from the pre-pandemic situation to post pandemic scenario.

About the Speakers

Dr. Ashok Vishandass

Ashok Vishandass, Professor (Applied Economics) (IIPA) has interest in Sustainable Agriculture, Risk Management, International Trade & Commerce. As ex-Chairman (CACP) in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare at the level of the Secretary to the Govt. of India, he has rich experience of formulation of Agriculture Price and Non-Price Policies, nuances of fixing MSP of various agriculture commodities. Before joining IIPA, he had also served FAO of United Nations Organisation (UNO) as the Chief Technical Adviser. In his stint with the UNO, he provided high-level technical and economic advice relating to Food Security, SDGs, agricultural Marketing and brought out eight Reports.

Prof. Ashok holds Ph.D. (Agri. Economics), M.A. (Economics) (University of Manchester), M.B.A. (Financial Management), PG Diploma in Population and Development (JNU), M. Stat. (Master of Statistics) (Gold Medalist).

Prof. Parmod Kumar

Parmod Kumar is the Director of Giri Institute of Development Studies. Previously he worked as Professor, Agricultural Development and Rural Transformation Centre, Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bengaluru, India. Before joining ISEC he worked at the National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi, and the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. He was Fellow under the International Visitors Leadership Program sponsored by the US government. He has been visiting Scholar to Glasgow University, OECD-FAO Paris, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences, China. He was managing editor of the Journal for Social and Economic Development (JSED) and was on the editorial board of Agricultural Situation in India and presently he is an executive member of Indian Journal of Agricultural Marketing; and Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics and Member Editorial Board of Indian Journal on Social Justice. He was empanelled as Visiting Professor in Economics for deputation to ICCR Chair Abroad by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi. He has been member of various committees of the Union and State governments. Currently, he is Chairing Working Group on crop husbandry, agricultural inputs, demand & supply projections constituted by the NITI Aayog.

He has authored/co-authored more than twelve research volumes. His latest book titled, ‘Contract Farming and Land Tenancy in India: Prospects and Challenges’ published by Sage. He has published around 70 research articles in refereed national and international journals. He has published articles in high impact journals. He was conferred the IDRC India Social Science Research Award for the work on public distribution system. He is currently guiding 6 PhD Research Scholars, 3 shcolars have already been awarded doctorate degree and has been on Doctoral Committee of a numerous PhD Research Scholars, post doctorates and interns. His major areas of research includes; Agricultural Economics; Environment Economics; Rural Development and Development Economics.

He obtained post-doctorate as Sir Ratan Tata Fellow and doctorate from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Prof. Bashabi Gupta

Bashabi Gupta is a professor at the Department of Geography, Miranda House, Delhi University. She was a Felix scholar and completed her doctoral research at the CSRD, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Centre for Studies of Developing Societies (ICSSR-CSDS Doctoral Fellow) New Delhi.

Her research interests are centred on Sustainable Community Livelihoods and Resilience, Differential and Comparative Development Patterns for India and African nations, Gender and Development, Social Geography, Tribal Studies, North Eastern India Studies and Climate Variability. She uses GIS and Remote Sensing tools in her research, along with qualitative and quantitative methods.