The World’s Gender Gap in Agriculture and Natural Resources: Evidence and Explanations
KeywordsWomen’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI)
Living Standards Measurement Study’s Integrated Surveys on Agriculture
United Nation’s Third Millennium Development Goals
FAO Gender and Land Rights Database
feminist political ecology
gendered sustainable livelihoods
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CitationRadel, C., & Coppock, D. L. (2013). The world’s gender gap in agriculture and natural resources: Evidence and explanations. Rangelands, 35(6), 7-14.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
AbstractOn the Ground • Inequities, or “gender gaps,” occur between men and women in the control over productive resources and assignment of laborious tasks. This can negatively affect women and their families. • Although detailed studies remain rare, gender gaps appear to be common in the world’s rangelands. The sizes and types of gaps vary, however. • To measure progress toward greater gender equity on rangelands, we need baseline data that quantify information for women and men separately. • Research is also needed to understand how and why gender gaps occur. This can help identify interventions to close gender gaps. • By stepping into new roles, women who live and work in rangelands can transform local ideas about what is “normal” for women to do.