A Quarter of a Million Women in Kerala Earn Livelihoods with Dignity

Mukherjee, Ananya A Quarter of a Million Women in Kerala Earn Livelihoods with Dignity Universitas Forum: International Journal on Human Development and International Cooperation, 3 (1). ISSN 2070-6790

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Abstract

A Quarter of a Million Women in Kerala Earn Livelihoods with Dignity In a country where the problem is not only to secure food for the 237 million people who are undernourished, but to secure food justice, an experiment carried out as part of the Kerala's anti-poverty programme Kudumbashree seem to be having major consequences for food security. Under the Sangha Krishi (group farming) initiative, as many as 44,225 collectives of women farmers have sprung up across the State, creating a social space where marginalised women can collectively pursue their needs and aspirations. The author discusses here the results of the initiative in terms of shifting role of women in Kerala's agriculture and in the political process, enabling women to salvage their dignity and livelihoods amidst immense adversity. The author highlights achievements and challenges for sustainability of Kudumbashree and concludes that the value of Sangha Krishi lies in that it has become the manifestation of a deep-rooted consciousness about food justice amongst Kerala's women.

Document Type:Article
Keywords:women; India; Kerala; food security; decentralization; women farmers; women's empowerment
Topics:Work and human development > Case studies
Local economic development > Case studies
Women’s empowerment and human development > Case studies
Democratic and participatory governance > Case studies
Social and solidarity economy > Case studies
Deposited On:19 Apr 2012 18:29
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