Gender-segregated focus group discussion (FGD) data on women's role in wheat cultivation, Madhya Pradesh, India


The dataset is generated as part of an empirical study to develop a mixed research methodology, taking variables from both quantitative household surveys and qualitative case studies for quickly and effectively capturing rural women involvement and empowerment and their ramifications on technological change and farmer livelihoods. Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) were conducted in the second half of 2018 in Madhya Pradesh (India), where wheat is one of the main crops. The empirical part of this study is based on data collected from three districts of Madhya Pradesh, India – Jabalpur, Mandla and Damoh. Madhya Pradesh is one of the states with largest wheat growing area (19% of wheat area in India) but with lower wheat productivity (2.85 tons) compared to other major producers (4.29 tons in Punjab and 3.98 tons in Haryana in 2014-15 season). From each of the three districts, 5 villages were selected for data collection. We restricted our study to those villages where wheat is one of the main crops. Of the total 15 villages, three included the GENNOVATE case study communities (non-random selection). The other 12 will be selected based on the remoteness to the state road highways (6 close, 6 remote). From each village, two wards (sub-units of village) will be selected based on the income poverty (one where most of the poor households reside, and other with the non-poor). Two FGDs were conducted (one for men, one for women) in the selected wards.