Understanding Women's Role in Agriculture in the Eastern Gangetic Plains The Macro and Micro Connections

Overview and Objectives

The project is a research study funded by ACIAR with a focus on understanding the role of women in agriculture in the Eastern Gangetic Plains (EGP). When it comes to understanding the role of women in agriculture in the EGP, there appears to be a mismatch between the macro and micro level research findings. The existing literature on this area highlights a consistent de-feminization in the case of India, while the macro level scenario on Nepal and Bangladesh hints at feminization primarily as a response to male-selective outmigration. A number of reasons have been offered for this trend, however, has not been validated at the micro level, and thus how the processes may have worked, if at all, is not clear. Hence, this project aims to critically revisit the role of women in agriculture in EGP.

Duration and Funding

The duration of the project is one year (2018-2019) with funding support from Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) SDIP Program Phase 2.

The ACIAR SDIP program aims to improve food, energy and water security for sustainable food systems in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Funded by the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, this work is part of a wider regional portfolio in South Asia that focuses on integrated management of food, energy and water. Using a long-term, gender-inclusive and highly collaborative approach, we aim to implement strategies which increase food security while reducing environmental impacts.

Study Area

Project Team


Dr. Sucharita Sen
Professor, JNU(Ex. ED)


Dr. Sreenita Mondal
Research Fellow


Ms. Shreya Chakraborty
Research Fellow


Ms Suchita Jain
Associate Fellow


Mr. Daniel Abraham Raj
Research Fellow


Ms. Soumi Chatterjee
PHD Student, JNU


Ms. Bibeshna Pradhan
Research Intern



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