Feminization and gender roles in agriculture in post-soviet Uzbekistan
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After its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Uzbekistan underwent transformative socio-economic changes, which led men to seek work opportunities abroad. Meanwhile, the State continued to turn to agriculture, focusing on wheat and cotton, to provide a means to employ the population but with far less funding.
The study found that male outmigration ‘feminized’ agricultural labor and management, increasing women’s work (often unpaid) by recasting their involvement in wheat production and processing, even while continuing their traditional roles in the household.