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Women can sustain agriculture, but better data needed to support them

  • Kadir Ruslan

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Jakarta   /   Wed, March 11, 2020   /  11:23 am
Women can sustain agriculture, but better data needed to support them Good harvest: Female farmers in Lembah Hijau 2 village in Nanga Tayap district, Ketapang regency, West Kalimantan, show green mustards they harvested to journalists in a recent visit to the village. (JP/Severianus Endi)

Over the decades, the feminization of the labor market has become more visible in Indonesia including in agriculture, which is inherently more associated with males than females. The results of the 2018 Inter-Census Agricultural Survey (SUTAS) revealed that although the sector is still male-dominated, female farmers have increased by about 700,000 in the previous five years. In 2018, female farmers accounted for around a quarter of the total number of 33.5 million farmers in Indonesia. A set of policies that boosts women’s participation in agriculture could be a promising breakthrough given the declining number of farmers, especially men, due to ageing and employment shifts to nonagricultural activities in rural areas. Some priority measures could include enhancing women farmers’ access to productive resources and improving their agricultural skills through inform...

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