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Linking Women to Agricultural Markets: Evidence from Bangladesh
W.M.H. Jaim
April - 2012
Although FAO projections to 2010 indicate a continued reduction in the overall
female participation in agriculture globally, the percentage of economically active women working in agriculture in LDCs is projected to remain above 70 percent. Participation of female particularly in agriculture varies across the world. Highest percentage of female labor force participation Is found in Southeast Asia and Pacific (about 45% ) while it Is the lowest in Latin America and Carribean (about 20%). In the South Asian countries the corresponding percentage is a bit less than 30%. The female contribution to the overall economy, particularly in agriculture is high throughout Asia. Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam have particularly high percentages of women employed in the agricultural sector, with estimates ranging between 60 and 98 percent.......
Women’s Participation in Agriculture in Bangladesh 1988-2008: Changes and Determinants
W. M. H. Jaim and Mahabub Hossain
November - 2011
Paper presented in the pre-conference event on “Dynamics of Rural Livelihoods and Poverty in South Asia”, 7th Asian Society of Agricultural Economists (ASAE) International Conference Hanoi, Vietnam, October 12, 2011.



In Bangladesh, women’s participation in economic activities in general and in agriculture in particular has remained low. But recent labor force surveys conducted by the Bureau of Statistics show rapidly increasing participation of women in economic activities. The progress is attributed to poverty, empowerment of women by NGOs, and migration of male members from agriculture to non-farm occupation. With the absence of male members, women’s role is changing from unpaid family worker to farm managers, a phenomenon termed as “feminization of agriculture”. This paper uses unpublished longitudinal panel data from a nationally representative sample survey in 62 villages conducted in 2000 and 2008 that covered the same households to assess the trend and determinants of women’s involvement in agricultural activities.
BRAC, CPRC and the BWPI convenes International Conference
What Works for the Poorest? Knowledge, Policies and Practices
Dec 2-5, 2006
BRAC Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh
February - 2007



BRAC since 2002 has been experimenting with a new approach to help the ultra poor improve their livelihoods. This innovative programme, called 'Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction' (CFPR for short)completed its first five years in 2006. A new phase of the programme begins from 2007 and aims to help 800,000 ultra poor women and their households overcome extreme poverty.

In order to share the experiences and evidence emerging out of the first phase of CFPR programme and learn from others about models and approaches in tackling extreme poverty, BRAC teamed up with CPRC and the BWPI to convene an international gathering of practitioners, researchers and policy makers. The event was sponsored by CIDA, AKFC and DFID. The Daily Star was the media partner.

The 3 day long International Conference titled 'What Works for the Poorest? Knowledge, Policies and Practices', drew over 200 participants from over 12 countries...

 
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