Investment in Agriculture and Gender Equality in Developing Countries

26 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2020

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Axele Giroud

University of Manchester - Manchester Business School

Jacqueline Salguero Huaman

United Nations University (UNU-MERIT)

Date Written: December 16, 2019

Abstract

Across developing countries, the agricultural sector is an essential source of economic growth, employment, poverty reduction and food security. Women play a vital role in agriculture, yet there is little research focusing on the impact of rising investment in the agricultural sector on the role of women in this sector and on gender equality. Many investors tend to be located in remote areas and have an impact on the life of the most vulnerable farmers, especially when few alternative employment opportunities exist. In this article, we present the role of women in agriculture and we explore the impact of large agricultural investment on gender equality in developing countries. Given the data limitations, we rely on both primary and secondary data, and provide examples of gender-sensitive practice carried out by the private sector to minimize the risk of leaving women behind. The article concludes with suggestions for corporate actions and government policies and maps out avenues for future research.

Keywords: gender equality, agriculture, developing countries, multinational companies, large-scale agricultural investment

Suggested Citation

Giroud, Axele and Salguero Huaman, Jacqueline, Investment in Agriculture and Gender Equality in Developing Countries (December 16, 2019). Transnational Corporations Journal, Vol. 26, No. 3, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3624079

Axele Giroud (Contact Author)

University of Manchester - Manchester Business School ( email )

Booth Street West
Manchester, M15 6PB
United Kingdom

Jacqueline Salguero Huaman

United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) ( email )

Maastricht
Netherlands

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