Women Empowerment Level in Agriculture: A Study in Odisha, India

Rupashree Senapati *

Department of Agricultural Extension, Palli Siksha Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, India.

Siddharth Dev Mukhopadhyay

Department of Agricultural Extension, Palli Siksha Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

Women are not given the due record of credit for most of the work they do in agriculture and allied sector as per the present scenario. But according to global institutional study reports, empowering women in agriculture and providing economic gains to them can lead to a more equitable future for all. A study was conducted to ascertain the extent of empowerment of farm women in Odisha. Three districts of Odisha (Puri, Gajapati and Debagarh) were selected representing the three administrative zones (Northern, Southern and Central zone) with 100 women respondents from each district with a total of 300 sample size. Women empowerment has been assessed through their level of cosmopoliteness, access to information, mobility, media exposure, ownership of resources, access to technology etc. Index values have been calculated for each parameter and the average index has also been calculated. Besides, Mean, standard deviation, correlation and regression method were also applied for generalization of collected data. Results of the study indicated that the overall distribution of the sample regarding cosmopoliteness, mobility and media exposure was within medium to high level. Almost all the members found to have high level of access to information. But unfortunately, the distribution of sample regarding access to technology, ownership, membership and leadership was found at low level. The results also showed that selected socio-economic variables of the respondents had notable association with different parameters of empowerment.

Keywords: Farm women, empowerment, index value, association, variables


How to Cite

Senapati , R., & Mukhopadhyay , S. D. (2024). Women Empowerment Level in Agriculture: A Study in Odisha, India. Journal of Experimental Agriculture International, 46(6), 459–464. https://doi.org/10.9734/jeai/2024/v46i62497

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