Sensitivity of Woman Research Scholars Studying in State Agricultural Universities towards Climate Change

Netravathi G. and N.B. Chauhan


Women comprise half of the human resources and they have been identified as key agents of sustainable development. In India, women constitute 90.00 per cent of total marginal work force of the country and 78.00 per cent of rural women are engaged in agriculture. In developing countries like India, women play a key role in conservation of basic life supporting systems. All these women activities are directly associated with nature and affected by climate change. This creates difficult situations for women by amplifying their time for daily activities. In this developing world it is a common practice, that all extension and training services are primarily directed towards men. Female farmers receive only five per cent of agricultural extension services and that only 15 per cent of the world ’s extension agents are women. In addition to this, cultural constraints and over burden of work restricts women awareness, knowledge and concern and they become more sensitive towards climate change. In this regard, SAUs have increased their efforts through research, education, extension and management. To perform extension work efficiently, women scientists and educationists of SAUs need to update their knowledge to educate the major part of marginal women work force. Hence, the study confirms that respondents have positive attitude towards climate change and demonstrated excellent climate change concern, but they have a relatively average level of knowledge towards climate change, it leads to average level of sensitivity towards climate change among women research scholars studying in SAUs. Key words: Sensitivity; Women research scholars; Knowledge; Attitude; Concern; Climate change;

Keyword: Key words: Sensitivity; Women research scholars; Knowledge; Attitude; Concern; Climate change;

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