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Crawford School of Public Policy presents

The great transformation in South Asia: feminisation of agriculture and food security

The symposium is funded by the Gender Institute, South Asia Research Institute, ANU and the ARC Discovery Project ‘Farmers of the Future: Challenges of a feminised agriculture in India’, led by Dr Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt.


When:

12th August 2015
8.30am-5pm

Where:

Coombs Extension Room 1.04, Building 8, Fellows Road, ANU

Speakers:

Professor Nitya Rao, University of East Anglia; Dr Bill Pritchard, University of Sydney; Dr Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt, Crawford School, ANU; Dr Itishree Pattnaik, Gujarat Institute of Development Research, India; plus many prominent speakers.

Cost:

Free

Fundamental transformations are taking place in the way South Asian farms operate. Male outmigration, the penetration of market economy into rural areas along with a changing climate have played critical roles in this change, described here as the great transformation. Women are no longer mere assistants in largely male-driven farming, but are key actors shouldering major managerial and labour tasks in agriculture in patriarchal societies that have conventionally been resistant to changes in gender ideologies and practices.

At the symposium, renowned scholars and early career researchers will debate the gendered effects of changing economic and agrarian relations and their implications for future food security.

This symposium will feature a keynote address by Professor Nitya Rao on ‘Land, agency and gender equality: a framework for analysis’. This talk will highlight the need to develop a framework to examine the multidimensionality of women’s agency vis-a-vis assets, in differentiated governance contexts amidst such transformation.

Nitya Rao is Professor of Gender and Development at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom. She is renowned as a researcher, teacher, trainer and social activist focusing on gender equality and women’s empowerment, within broader issues of resource rights, social equity and rural development.

Other speakers include:

  • Dr Bill Pritchard, University of Sydney
  • Dr Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt, Crawford School, ANU
  • Dr Itishree Pattnaik, Gujarat Institute of Development Research, India
  • Dr Tahmina Rashid, University of Canberra
  • Ramesh Sunam, Crawford School, ANU
  • Mohanraj Adhikari, Crawford School, ANU
  • Mandip Rai, ANU College of Arts and Social Science
  • Joyce Das, Crawford School, ANU

This Symposium is funded by the Gender Institute, South Asia Research Institute, ANU and the ARC Discovery Project ‘Farmers of the Future: Challenges of a feminised agriculture in India’, led by Dr Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt.

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