Conclusions: The politics of producingknowledge in development - genderin rural production

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Both women and men play critical roles in agriculture throughout the world, producing, processing and providing the food we eat. Rural women in particular are responsible for half of the world’s food production and produce between 60 and 80 percent of the food in most developing countries. Yet, despite their contribution to global food security, women farmers are frequently underestimated and overlooked in development strategies. Despite the fact that women are the world’s principal food producers and providers, they remain ‘invisible’ partners in development. A lack of available gender disaggregated data means that women’s contribution to agriculture in particular is poorly understood and their specific needs ignored in development planning. The rationale that stood at the center of the four focal case studies documented.
in this book has been part of this general conviction that seems to have sent international development research cadres around the world to make visible the hitherto “invisible” role played by women in agricultural production. Read at this level, this book serves its original purpose. It provides a thorough review of the topic, placing the position of women in agricultural production in each of the four settings within a larger frame of gender relations in the respective social, educational and political national arenas. Indeed, the need to provide such a synthetic overview of gender relations in rural production is particularly urgent in the Middle-East.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen in Agriculture in the Middle East
EditorsPnina Motzafi-Haller
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781315233765
ISBN (Print)9780754619208, 9781138277434
StatePublished - Jun 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • General Social Sciences


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