Unleashing the social capital of self-help groups for strengthening seed systems in Uttar Pradesh, India

Walter S. de Boef*, Samarth Singh, Pooja Trivedi, Kripal Singh Yadav, P.S. Mohanan, Sampath Kumar, Jagdish Prasad Yadavendra, Krista Isaacs

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Abstract

Women's empowerment and varietal replacement of crops are often unconnected domains in agricultural development; an experience connecting both in India has global potential. Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana, a women's empowerment and poverty reduction program in Uttar Pradesh, embedded seed practices within the collective structure of women's self-help groups. Through collective efforts, women became successful in the production and dissemination of quality seed of new rice and wheat varieties, reaching more than 30,000 small-scale farmers. They appropriated several components of the seed value chain; their social capital became instrumental in varietal replacement. The self-perception of women as knowledgeable farmers changed, as did the perception of household and community members; therefore, seed activities contributed to intrinsic women's empowerment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100522
JournalGlobal Food Security
Volume29
Early online date14 Mar 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • India
  • Seed systems
  • Self-help groups
  • Varietal replacement
  • Women's empowerment

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