Women Participation in Agriculture among the Lotha Nagas with reference to Jhumming
Publication Date : 25/07/2019
Seventy-three per cent of the people in Nagaland are engaged in agriculture and women in agriculture constitute more than 50.11 per cent. Women in rural areas have impacted the agricultural system and economy of the Wokha district by way of participating in crop production, horticulture and vegetable production as well as in livestock along with household management. With regard to jhum cultivation, men’s contributions come in the form of services that are physically demanding and seasonal however, women contributions happen in day-to-day activities that are tedious and continuous. Considering the gender bias in agriculture with reference to jhum cultivation, there is a need to explore the possibilities of evolving greater participation of women in the process of decision making for planning and implementation of various development activities in agriculture by acknowledging the barriers imposed on them due to culture and tradition. This article examines the extent of women participation in agriculture with reference to jhuming and identifies some constraints to women’s role in agriculture and gives some suggestions for further research. Keyword: Agriculture, jhuming, women participation, constraints.
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