Women and Agricultural Productivity: Reframing the Issues

16 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2017

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Cheryl R. Doss

University of Oxford - Department of International Development

Date Written: January 2018

Abstract

Should agricultural development programmes target women in order to increase productivity? This article analyzes the challenges in distinguishing women's agricultural productivity from that of men. Most of the literature compares productivity on plots managed by women with those managed by men, ignoring the majority of agricultural households in which men and women are both involved in management and production. The empirical studies which have been carried out provide scant evidence for where the returns to projects may be highest, in terms of who to target. Yet, programmes that do not consider gendered responsibilities, resources and constraints, are unlikely to succeed, either in terms of increasing productivity or benefitting men and women smallholder farmers.

Keywords: agricultural policy, agricultural productivity, developing countries, gender, smallholder farming

Suggested Citation

Doss, Cheryl R., Women and Agricultural Productivity: Reframing the Issues (January 2018). Development Policy Review, Vol. 36, Issue 1, pp. 35-50, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3081618 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12243

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