Gender analysis and empowerment of women and men in Cassava (Manihot esculenta) production in Kerala

Authors

  • Sheela I ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram - 695017, Kerala, India Author
  • Jaganathan D ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram - 695017, Kerala, India Author
  • Prakash P ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram - 695017, Kerala, India Author

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.24154/jhs.v19i1.2646

Keywords:

Cassava, gender, women empowerment

Abstract

Women’s participation is vitally important in agriculture so also in cultivation of tuber crops. In Kerala, cassava is cultivated mostly in homestead farming with active participation of the women. Gender analysis was conducted to map the profile characteristics and empowerment of men and women. Hundred respondents doing cassava cultivation were selected from Thiruvananthapuram and Pathanamthitta districts of Kerala. Majority (61.53%) of the women and men (68.57%) had medium level of participation in cassava cultivation. The overall empowerment index of men (0.86) was more than women (0.78). Employment generation and economic benefits in cassava cultivation for men and women were also assessed.

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Author Biographies

  • Sheela I, ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram - 695017, Kerala, India

    Principal Scientist, Section of Extension and Social Sciences, ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram 695017, Kerala.

  • Jaganathan D, ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram - 695017, Kerala, India

    Senior Scientist, ICAR-CTCRI, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram

  • Prakash P, ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram - 695017, Kerala, India

    Section of Extension and Social Sciences, ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram 695017, Kerala

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Sheela Immanuel, D. Jaganathan, & P. Prakash. (2024). Gender analysis and empowerment of women and men in Cassava (Manihot esculenta) production in Kerala. Journal of Horticultural Sciences, 19(1). https://doi.org/10.24154/jhs.v19i1.2646