When Women Farm India’s Land: How to Increase Ownership?
“We had tongues but we could not speak, we had feet but we could not walk. Now that we have land, we have the strength to speak and walk”.1
Women have since long played a crucial role in India’s agricultural production, and the trend that sees men shifting to nonfarm activities further increases their responsibility. The situation of women cultivators is one of tremendous vulnerability: without land titles, they are not recognised as farmers, and thus are not able to access credits and government benefits. This policy brief outlines avenues to address the gap between the reality of many rural women and their entitlements.