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Agricultural Systems: Agroecology and Rural Innovation for Development, 2nd Edition by Barry Pound, Sieglinde Snapp

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Chapter 10

Gender and Agrarian Inequities

Rachel Bezner Kerr

Abstract

This chapter focuses on gender dimensions of inequality in agriculture and rural development. The first section examines inequality on a global scale, discussing some of the major historical, economic, and institutional dynamics instrumental in shaping contemporary inequalities. A basic definition of gender is explained, and the ways in which gender inequality occurs in terms of access to productive resources is discussed. These productive resources include land, labor, inputs, and knowledge. The final section considers the ways in which the work of development practitioners, agronomists, and research scientists is embedded in the systems of inequality, and aspects to consider ...

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