CGIAR Gender News

Agricultural mitigation can increase social equity, but only for some

Photo of women in rice field Photo: Tri Saputro/CIFOR.

Not everyone wins when labor requirements are reduced. 

Introducing technologies often increases the number of tasks on farms, and the new tasks usually fall to women who assume the new labor requirements. Mitigation practices, like mechanization, can free up women’s time but that is not always a good thing for all women concerned.

It is crucial to determine how the pendulum will swing and for what groups. Understanding the dynamics between societal equity, agriculture, and emission reduction efforts enable effective use of social initiatives alongside technical low-emissions development (LED) interventions. There is a growing incentive to better understand gender dynamics underlying women's participation in agriculture to reduce the risk of reinforcing gender inequalities.