How male outmigration affects women’s roles in dryland agriculture

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In a recent literature review focusing on agrarian societies in the drylands, ICARDA scientist Dina Najjar and Ph.D. student Jemima Baada at Western University in Canada investigate how outmigration of men affect women’s roles in agriculture, as well as the wider effect in different contexts of the dry areas (rangeland, irrigated production and rainfed).

The study revealed that women are carrying out more labor, both on and off farms, and that feminization of agrarian labor may reduce women’s earnings at the detriment to household incomes and make them more susceptible to economic, social, and cultural marginalization.

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This article is originally published on ICARDA News.

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