Contract Farming: High Potential Profits for Women in Uttar Pradesh, IndiaFarmletter (2013)
Agriculture forms the backbone of the Indian economy, employing about 498.4 million (about 58% of the population) workforce and contributing to approximately 17.2% of the Gross Domestic Product. India is a country of small farms with peasants cultivating ancestral lands with manual and cattle labor, despite the influx of tractors and other machines in the 1990s. Furthermore, the size of operational holdings in India is declining with every successive generation. The continuous decline in the size of land holdings has raised serious questions about the sustainability of smallholders and their ability to benefit from the opportunities presented by globalization. India is also witnessing a “feminization of agriculture”, with men increasingly migrating to urban areas for work, leaving more women responsible for agriculture labor than ever before. It is estimated that women cultivators and agriculture laborers perform about 70% of all the agricultural activities.
Publication DateSeptember 17, 2013
Citation InformationJyotsna Kaur Habibullah and Sridhar Gutam. "Contract Farming: High Potential Profits for Women in Uttar Pradesh, India" Farmletter Iss. 19 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sridhar_gutam/43/