Role of Women in Farm and Non Farm Sector with Malnutrition and Prevailing Constraints

Kanchan Sandhu and Kuldeep Singh


Economic empowerment of women leads to development of family and community especially in changing climatic conditions which had a direct and indirect impact on economic conditions of a family. It is a well established fact that in changing climatic conditions a combination of farm and non farm income at household level provides resilience against adverse situations in either of the sectors, where women play an important role. Studies show that productivity and profitability in non-farm sector is generally higher than in farm sector (Fisher et al. 1998). It is observed that rural women in India face a number of constraints in gaining knowledge and approaching extension. A detailed survey was conducted on 120 randomly selected rural women aged between 20-60 years in Jalandhar district of Punjab using PRA techniques. The present study was undertaken with the objective to investigate the socio economic characteristics, education level, type of economic activity undertaken and knowledge about cottage industries, constraints and their expectations from KVK. Further, possible means of women empowerment were explored to raise their economic level. A vast majority i.e 85% had no decision making power while 95% of the respondents never went under some training. The results depicted that more women were literate than men where 85% respondents had an education up to class 8th .The nutritional knowledge of the subjects was extremely poor. Therefore, we need to strengthen women’s role in farm and non farm sector by empowering them

Keyword: Nutrition,Climate,Farm,No

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