There is very little research on women in wheat in Nepal, and wheat is still considered a ‘man’s crop’. Consequently, extension services rarely target women, and women are not considered as innovators. However, research conducted in the Terai plains in 2014/15 shows that women are innovating in wheat to the extent that wheat farming is experiencing a shift from feminisation of agricultural labour towards women taking control over decision-making. Processes accounting for this include male outmigration, non-governmental organisation (NGO) work on promoting women’s equality which has developed women’s confidence, individual support from extension agents and strong cooperation between women to foster each other’s ‘innovation journeys’. Women who lived in seclusion 10 years ago are receiving recognition within their families and communities. This article provides recommendations for researchers, rural advisory services and other partners to bring their work in alignment with the realities of women wheat innovators.
- Innovation processes
- Women’s empowerment
Farnworth, C. R., Jafry, T., Lama, K., Nepali, S. C., & Badstue, L. B. (2019). From working in the wheat field to managing wheat: women innovators in Nepal. European Journal of Development Research, 31(2), 293-313. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41287-018-0153-4