Learning Interests and Limitations of Rural Women

Kanchan Sandhu

Abstract


Women have been making prominent and important contributions to agriculture right from creation and they
constitute the bulk of the world’s food producers. It is known that women are responsible for generating food
security for their families in developing countries. Women are key agents for achieving economic, nutritional and
social changes required for sustainable development. Although rural women are actively involved in the process of
food production, processing and marketing but the social and economic constraints have placed barriers around
their access to scientific and technological information. Generally, girls are seen as relatively “transitory assets’’
– not worthy of long-term investment – as they leave their parents’ household upon marriage. The limited role of
women in decision making, education, training and poor nutritional status becomes a challenge in economic
growth. The present investigation was conducted in Jalandhar District during ex-trainee sammellen in 2013 to find
out learning interests and limitations of farm women for the economic empowerment. The study was aimed at
determining women farmer’s agricultural information needs and accessibility. The findings of the study showed that
the main limitation for taking trainings was mismanagement of time, unorganized farm activities, unevenly distributed
household chores etc. Other major reasons were family restrictions, lack of transport facility etc.

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