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Women’s access to
agriculture
extension amidst
COVID-19
Insights from India and
Nepal
Muzna Alvi, Prapti Barooah
and Shwet...
Background
Key findings
• 27% in India and 29% in Nepal reported non-
availability of regular source of agricultural
information in r...
Crisis-resilient
inclusive extension
• Crisis increases need for reliable and inclusive extension.
• ICT based interventio...
Reference
Alvi, M., Barooah, P., Gupta, S., & Saini, S. (2021). Women’s access
to agriculture extension amidst COVID-19: I...
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Women's access to agriculture extension amidst COVID-19: Insights from India and Nepal

  1. 1. Women’s access to agriculture extension amidst COVID-19 Insights from India and Nepal Muzna Alvi, Prapti Barooah and Shweta Gupta International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 29th August 2021
  2. 2. Background
  3. 3. Key findings • 27% in India and 29% in Nepal reported non- availability of regular source of agricultural information in round 1 • Nepal: 53% felt quality of information was worse during round 1; 62% felt it was more infrequent compared to pre-lockdown Impact on agriculture extension sources Impact on farm productivity • Farm productivity suffered due to limited information access • India: Productivity suffered more for staple/horticulture crops(51%) than cash crops (40%); remote districts faced more challenges • Major issues: India- lower yield and poor quality; Nepal- limited availability of inputs, pest attack, lower yield Heterogeneity of impacts • India- Caste determines primary source of agricultural extension • Nepal: Level of education influences reliance on govt. sources • Nepal: Adverse impact on farm productivity reported less by primary agricultural decision makers
  4. 4. Crisis-resilient inclusive extension • Crisis increases need for reliable and inclusive extension. • ICT based interventions an entry point for low cost remotely delivered information • Unequal phone access • Heterogeneity in literacy, phone ownership and use • Farmer field schools targeting women • Multiple demands of women’s time • Mobility restrictions • Female extension workers • Group-based extension • SEWA, PRADAN, FECOFUN • Community frontline workers • Tested and successful model- Use in health and livestock • Training and adequate compensation
  5. 5. Reference Alvi, M., Barooah, P., Gupta, S., & Saini, S. (2021). Women’s access to agriculture extension amidst COVID-19: Insights from Gujarat, India and Dang, Nepal. Agricultural Systems, 188, 103035. (link)

Prepared by Muzna Alvi, Prapti Barooah and Shweta Gupta

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