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Gender Responsive Budgeting: A Focus on Agriculture Sector

Thematic Issue
Year Issued
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UN Women
S. Seethalakshmi

Over the past two decades, Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) has emerged as an important tool for mainstreaming gender issues as part of the ongoing struggle to make budgets and policies more gender responsive in several countries across the world.  Agriculture is the principal source of livelihood for more than 58% of the population in India. Agricultural Labourers shows that around 65.1% of female workers depend on agriculture, either as cultivators or agricultural labourers, while only 49.8% of male workers do the same. For purposes of conducting a GRB analysis of the agriculture sector, this study broadly seeks to adapt/employ the five-step framework formulated by Debbie Budlender and conduct an analysis of agriculture sector from a gender lens, based on secondary research., as well as assess the extent to which the current agriculture sector policies, schemes and budgets address gender issues in the agriculture sector.