The status of women is the basis of society’s progress and is fundamental to human development. The Constitution of India also states that all citizens, regardless of caste/ creed / race / origin, should not be deprived of their human dignity.Gender equality is fundamental to sustainable and globally accepted development as a necessity forthe promotion of human rights. Women are regularly expected to change their positions according to the necessities of their accomplices orfamily. This book will provide a single platform on the topics related to gender. It covers Gender Stereotypes, Discriminations and Disparities, Genders Roles in Agriculture and Allied Sector, women empowerment, Social Justice, health and related issues, Gender Equality, Law, Education, Society and related issues, Women in Leadership and its Implications for Society gender perspective of CoVID and Consequences of Reverse Migration in Household Income and Nutrition, how pandemic has influenced livelihood of women, etc. This book shall serve the purpose for academia sector especially for students, teachers, and research scholars in the field of gender, sociology and extension science. This book shall be useful for high level competitive examinations conducted by ASRB, UGC, administrative and civil service examinations. The book is wellreferenced, making skillful use of first-person sources. The authors place on record to acknowledge the various sources ofreferences from where this book is compiled.
Anitha Kumari P., studied in Kerala Agricultural University and did her Ph.D. in Participatory technology transfer approaches, besides obtaining P.G. Diploma in Journalism and M.A. (Psychology) with specialization in Counselling. Her areas of research expertise are Participatory technology transfer approaches, area wide technology/problem specific extension delivery mechanisms, training, social intelligence and leadership, gender and technology adoption. She worked as an Agricultural Officer in Department of Agriculture Development and Farmers Welfare, Kerala state during 1989-93 and joined in ICAR-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) since 1993 and is continuing at ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI). She worked as a Scientist-in-charge, Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Allappey for 10 years. She has published more than 50 research papers besides training manuals, technical bulletins, extension folders and popular articles. She is recipient of ICAR National award on “Swami Sahajanand Saraswathi Award for the best extension scientist/ worker” for the biennium 2003 - 04. Developed cloud based interactive android mobile application “ekalpa” for CPCRI mandate crops and formulated one Farmer Producer Company under the ICAR CPCRI Farmer FIRST Programme (FFP) with support from NABARD. She had been the principal investigator of 14 external funded projects supported by DBT, ICAR, CDB, District Panchayath, NABARD, APCC/ FAO, State Govt., Planning Board. Presently working as a Principal Scientist (Agricultural Extension) at ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI), Regional Station, Kayamkulam, Kerala.
Letha Devi G., did her graduation in Agriculture from Kerala Agricultural University in 2001 and topped the university. She completed her Master’s in Dairy Extension from National Dairy Research Institute in 2004 and topped the university with Director’s Gold Medal. She completed her doctoral degree from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi in the discipline of Agricultural Extension in the year 2007. She joined Indian Council of Agricultural Research as a Scientist in 2007. She is working as a Senior Scientist under ICAR-National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Bangalore. She did PG Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights from IGNOU, New Delhi in 2013. She has published a number of research papers, and popular articles in various national and international journals of repute. She has published a number of books on various topics related to agriculture and rural development.
Ashaletha S., is working as a Principal Scientist in ICARCIFT, Cochin. She holds a doctorate degree in Agricultural Extension. She has completed 22 years of service in ICAR. Her areas of interest includes Entrepreneurship, Gender studies, Impact studies, etc. She has handled a number of Independent projects ands published about 23 research papers in journals of national and international repute. She is a recipient of Merit award from Minister for Fisheries for Empowering coastal women of Kerala.
Adhiguru P., is presently serving as a Principal Scientist (Agricultural Extension), Agricultural Extension Division, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Pusa, New Delhi, India. His significant research project experience includes coordinating 39 ICAR-extramural research projects in Agricultural Extension, ARYAAttracting and Retaining Youth in Agriculture, ICARCSISA(CIMMYT) collaborative project on Rice-Wheat System Productivity, ICAR-IPFRI Project on Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI), Sustainable rainfed agriculture-impact assessment of World Bank sponsored Watersheds [ICAR-IFPRI-ICRISAT-ODI-CRIDA-World Bank], ACROSS-Atmospheric & Climate Research-Modelling Overserving & Services Scheme. The other projects include ICT-mediated Agricultural Extension, Geometry of information flow in agriculture, Agriculturalbased interventions for sustainable nutritional security, The Upcoming of supermarkets in India: implications for smallholders, Perspectives of Agricultural Extension in India. He has visited fellow in Iowa State University, USA and Centre for Biosafety Assessment, Technology and Sustainability (BATS), Switzerland. He is associated with International Collaborative programs with CGIAR Institutes and International Universities, including exchange programs. He has been providing policy inputs related to MoUs for National and International organizations. He has also edited books, policy papers, policy briefs, research papers related to Agricultural Extension, Food Security, Nutritional Security, Environmental Sustainability, Institutional Innovation, ICT, etc. He has also represented ICAR in International Technical Groups Meetings of SAARC, ASEAN, etc. and also visited countries: Egypt, USA, Switzerland, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Singapore