Female farmers in northern India battle tradition to own land

Women make up more than a third of India’s agriculture workforce, yet only about 13% of farmland is owned by women, according to official dataTaardeh (Uttar Pradesh): Anjali has worked on the land nearly all her life, first with her tenant-farmer parents, and then alongside her husband in the...

Women’s Right to Agricultural Land Removing Legal Barriers for Achieving Gender Equality

Women’s land rights (WLR) have been and continue to be a live agenda in social development discourse of India. The importance of WLR has been discussed in the context of agriculture; poverty reduction; reduction in gender based violence; women’s well-being and agency. There now exists a vast...

Women’s Right to Agricultural Land

Women’s land rights (WLR) have been and continue to be a live agenda in social development discourse of India. The importance of WLR has been discussed in the context of agriculture; poverty reduction; reduction in gender based violence; women’s well-being and agency.This policy brief outlines the...

Mobilising Women Farmers to Secure Land Rights in Uttar Pradesh

Oxfam India, through five regional partners in Uttar Pradesh, is supporting the AAROH Campaign.  The Campaign is working to bring social and legal recognition to women farmers. The Campaign, run through the AAROH Mahila Kisan Manch, has 9615 women farmers as members at present. 

In for 50% quota, not even 10% women own land

Lucknow: On the eve of International Women's Day, while UP celebrates an increased participation of women in its block and zila panchayats, higher even than the Central proposal of 50% reservation for women in local bodies, ownership of land among women remains abysmally low.In UP, women own less...

The True Measure of Land's Value

(Women who received title to land as a result of a partnership between the government of India and Landesa. Photo courtesy of Landesa and Deborah Espinosa.)As a trained agriculturist, I have always measured the worth of land in a very scientific manner. I consider the climate, water resources and...