Women are critical to the well-being of farm households. Aside from raising children, women are expected to prepare all meals, maintain the homestead, and assist in crop and animal production, all the while tending to the general health of their families. Perhaps, ironically, it is because women have so many responsibilities that they have been over-looked by agriculturalists and policy makers-it has been more convenient to label men as farmers and women as child raisers and cooks.

In truth, women are involved in all aspects of agriculture, from crop selection to land preparation, to seed selection, planting, weeding, pest control, harvesting, crop storage, handling, marketing, and processing. Whatever the reason for this neglect, the importance of developing farming technologies relevant to women has only recently been recognized.

Publication Details

  • Published: 1999
  • Publisher: International Federation for Women in Agriculture
  • ISBN-10: 0942717694
  • ISBN-13: 9780942717693
  • Dewey Decimal: 630.715
  • ECHO Library: 630.715 IIRR