Mainstreaming women in animal husbandry: Review of Issues and strategies

K. Ponnusamy


Women play a key role in livestock farming although their role is often invisible due to various socio-cultural reasons. Their access to resources, technologies, credit, extension and marketing is drastically low as compared to men although more than 70 per cent of livestock farming activities are carried out by them. These gender concerns although are given due care by the development agencies while sanctioning and implementing various schemes and programmes, their position in terms of equal access to various extension services are highly limited. Various extension models such as public private partnership, pashu sakhi and other entrepreneurship oriented models have come up, the upscaling efforts desire to be improved. This paper highlights various issues faced by women with respect to society in general and livestock farming in particular and needed strategies for mainstreaming women in the development path towards sustainable livestock farming.

Key words: Gender mainstreaming, women empowerment, issues, strategies, livestock farming.


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