Non-farm jobs and social mores hold India’s key to farm reforms4 min read . Updated: 23 Nov 2021, 05:46 AM IST
They can succeed once other sectors generate enough well-paying jobs and attitudes change for women to resume paid work
In the backdrop of last year’s announcement of agricultural reforms and subsequent farmers’ protests, Sowmya Dhanaraj, Sankalp Sharma and I wrote in an article last March, “Lower reliance on agricultural employment in Punjab and Haryana reflect higher farm productivity and incomes, allowing women to exit paid farm work. However, a change of status quo in terms of assured demand and prices for foodgrains (which are already in excess supply) could alter this equilibrium."
Select your Category