Moving beyond the “Feminization” of Agriculture

This session presents empirical evidence, methodological insights and an emerging conceptual framework on moving beyond the ‘feminization’ of agriculture. In August 2018, the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets put out a call (through the predecessor to the current CGIAR GENDER Platform) for research proposals on: the ‘Feminization’ of Agriculture: Building evidence to debunk myths on current challenges and opportunities. The aim was to analyze how gender roles and responsibilities in agriculture are changing, drawing on both qualitative and quantitative data. The research engages with discourse on the feminization of agriculture and seeks to validate and/or challenge persistent assumptions about women and gender dynamics in agriculture and related sectors. Three papers provide empirical evidence, one presents methodological insights across the projects and one presents an emerging conceptual framework.


Cheryl Doss, University of Oxford, UK, Ruth Meinzen-Dick, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)


Cheryl Doss, University Of Oxford, UK

Beyond the Feminization of Agriculture: A Conceptual Framework.


Mary Crossland, World Agroforestry

Family ties: insights on the effects of male out-migration on gender relations, farming investments and women’s wellbeing (Kenya)


Wei Zhang, IFPRI

Migration and Gender Dynamics in Irrigation Governance in Nepal


Hom Gartaula, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

Multiple geographies of the feminization of agriculture in South Asia: Insights from Nepal Cathy Farnworth,


Independent scholar, Germany

Methodologies for Researching the Feminization of Agriculture