Is policy convergence required to improve women’s empowerment in agriculture? Evidence from West Bengal

Sophie Lountain, Bethany Cooper, Lin Crase, Michael Burton

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Farmers’ use of agricultural technology is necessary for reducing poverty. However, women make up most poor smallholder farmers in India and are generally unable to access relevant opportunities. Tandem to supporting women farmers in technology adoption is increasing their empowerment. While women’s empowerment has been on policy agendas in India for several years, progress has been slow and results are mixed. Using primary data from West Bengal, this study finds that female farmers with access to agricultural technologies will likely have social advantages over those without, but institutional and social support is necessary to facilitate real empowerment and overall development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-233
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Water Resources Development
Issue number2
Early online date2023
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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