Symposium: The great transformation in South Asia: feminisation of agriculture and food security

Dates & times

Wed 12 August 2015, 8.30am–5pm


Coombs Extension Room 1.04, Building 8, Fellows Road, ANU

Sari Symposium


Speakers: Various speakers led by Professor Nitya Rao

Fundamental transformations are taking place in the way South Asian farms operate. Male outmigration, the penetration of market economy into rural areas along with a changing climate have played critical roles in this change, described here as the great transformation. Women are no longer mere assistants in largely male-driven farming, but are key actors shouldering major managerial and labour tasks in agriculture in patriarchal societies that have conventionally been resistant to changes in gender ideologies and practices.

At the symposium, renowned scholars and early career researchers will debate the gendered effects of changing economic and agrarian relations and their implications for future food security.

This symposium will feature a keynote address by Professor Nitya Rao on ‘Land, agency and gender equality: a framework for analysis’. This talk will highlight the need to develop a framework to examine the multidimensionality of women’s agency vis-a-vis assets, in differentiated governance contexts amidst such transformation.

Nitya Rao is Professor of Gender and Development at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom. She is renowned as a researcher, teacher, trainer and social activist focusing on gender equality and women’s empowerment, within broader issues of resource rights, social equity and rural development.

Other speakers include:
Dr Bill Pritchard, University of Sydney
Dr Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt, Crawford School, ANU
Dr Itishree Pattnaik, Gujarat Institute of
Development Research, India
Dr Tahmina Rashid, University of Canberra
Ramesh Sunam, Crawford School, ANU
Mohanraj Adhikari, Crawford School, ANU
Mandip Rai, ANU College of Arts and Social Science
Joyce Das, Crawford School, ANU

This Symposium is funded by the Gender Institute, South Asia Research Institute, ANU and the ARC Discovery Project ‘Farmers of the Future: Challenges of a feminised agriculture in India’, led by Dr Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt.

This event is free and open to the public.
Refreshments provided.

Presented by ANU Gender Institute & South Asia Research Institute & Crawford School of Public Policy ANU College of Asia & the Pacific


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