Gendered time, seasonality and nutrition:Insights from two Indian districts

Rao, Nitya and Raju, S. (2020) Gendered time, seasonality and nutrition:Insights from two Indian districts. Feminist Economics, 26 (2). pp. 95-125. ISSN 1354-5701

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Some of the key pathways linking agriculture and nutrition run through women’s work, yet the evidence on these links are weak. Using time use data from two Indian districts, this paper seeks to fill this gap. In principle, women’s agricultural work could have positive and negative implications for nutrition, through increased control over incomes or intensifying work burdens. The emerging evidence points to the nuanced ways in which social identity, seasonality and context mediate to shape women’s work in agriculture and consequently food intakes and feeding practices. Overall, women’s work in agriculture seems to have a negative effect on household nutrition through two pathways: lack of adequate time for care work in peak agricultural seasons, and seasonal energy deficits that adversely affect their own health. Recognition of women’s physical contributions to both agricultural production and domestic reproduction, and supporting them adequately, is central to improving nutritional outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender,time,seasonality,nutrition,energy,india
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2018 11:30
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2020 00:50
DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2019.1632470

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