Gender in Agriculture

Closing the Knowledge Gap

  • Agnes R. Quisumbing
  • Ruth Meinzen-Dick
  • Terri L. Raney
  • André Croppenstedt
  • Julia A. Behrman
  • Amber Peterman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Closing the Knowledge Gap on Gender in Agriculture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Agnes R. Quisumbing, Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Terri L. Raney, André Croppenstedt, Julia A. Behrman, Amber Peterman
      Pages 3-27
  3. Data and Methods for Gender Analysis in Agriculture

  4. Gender, Assets, and Inputs: Issues at the Farm and Household Levels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Nancy Johnson, Agnes R. Quisumbing, Jemimah Njuki, Julia A. Behrman, Deborah Rubin et al.
      Pages 91-115
    3. Susana Lastarria-Cornhiel, Julia A. Behrman, Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Agnes R. Quisumbing
      Pages 117-144
    4. Patti Kristjanson, Ann Waters-Bayer, Nancy Johnson, Annita Tipilda, Jemimah Njuki, Isabelle Baltenweck et al.
      Pages 209-233
    5. Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Julia A. Behrman, Lauren Pandolfelli, Amber Peterman, Agnes R. Quisumbing
      Pages 235-266
  5. Gender and Markets: Moving Beyond the Farm

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285
    2. Ruth Vargas Hill, Marcella Vigneri
      Pages 315-341
    3. Jennie Dey de Pryck, Paola Termine
      Pages 343-370
  6. Toward a Gender-Sensitive Agricultural Research, Development, and Extension System

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 431-444

About this book


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) produced a 2011 report on women in agriculture with  a clear and urgent message: agriculture underperforms because half of all farmers—women—lack equal access to the resources and opportunities they need to be more productive. This book builds on the report’s conclusions by providing, for a non-specialist audience, a compendium of what we know now about gender gaps in agriculture.

 The authors explore linkages among gender, assets, and agricultural development projects. They examine the current state of land tenure; women’s access to markets, financial services, and rural employment; and gender differences in social capital and in vulnerability to poor nutrition and health. The book also looks at trends in agricultural research, development, and extension systems and in women’s participation in research.

 The opening section summarizes the main messages of the 2011 FAO report and reviews how gender has been conceptualized in agriculture and how these concepts have changed in the past three decades. Topics covered include how demographic conditions such as household structure, age, and migration have affected gender relations.

 Part 2 of the book focuses on data and methods for understanding gender issues in agriculture. The authors look at changing institutional approaches to addressing gender and assess past and present methods for effectively collecting and analyzing data on gender roles and relations in agriculture. Part 3 gathers background studies that document gender gaps in assets and key agricultural inputs. Part 4 looks beyond the farm to observe and analyze gender roles in markets and value chains. Part 5 proposes ways that agricultural research, development, and extension systems can be made more responsive to the needs of both male and female farmers.

 The research findings collected here provide, in non-technical language, an overview of a pressing problem in agricultural development—the disadvantages and inequities that burden women farmers—as well as ways to understand and address this problem.

Published with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.


978-92-5-107182-3 978-92-5-107439-8 gender agricultural research development gender agriculture gender analysis gender asset gap gender development

Editors and affiliations

  • Agnes R. Quisumbing
    • 1
  • Ruth Meinzen-Dick
    • 2
  • Terri L. Raney
    • 3
  • André Croppenstedt
    • 4
  • Julia A. Behrman
    • 5
  • Amber Peterman
    • 6
  1. 1.Poverty, Health, and Nutrition DivisionInternational Food Policy Research Inst.WashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Environment and Production Technology DivisionInternational Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)WashingtonUSA
  3. 3.The State of Food and Agriculture, Agricultural Development Economics Division, Economic and Social Development DepartmentFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)RomeItaly
  4. 4.Agricultural Development Economics Division, Economic and Social Development DepartmentFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)RomeItaly
  5. 5.Department of SociologyNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  6. 6.Department of Public PolicyUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-8615-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-8616-4
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