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Women farmers in developed countries: a literature review

  • Jennifer A. BallEmail author
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Abstract

Very little research into women farmers in developed countries has been produced by economists, but much of what has been studied by scholars in other disciplines has economic implications. This article reviews such research produced by scholars in all disciplines to explore to what extent women farmers are becoming more equal to men farmers and to suggest further contributions to the literature. As examples, topics that has been widely researched in developing countries but have received almost no attention in developed countries include comparisons of men and women farmers’ productivity and their access to and use of resources. Discoveries in these and other areas will be important not only for their insights into the agricultural industry in developed countries, but also because they will inform, and be informed by, research on women farmers in developing countries.

Keywords

Agriculture Developed countries Gender Women farmers 

Abbreviations

CAP

Common Agricultural Policy

CSA

Community supported agriculture

EU

European Union

FSA

Farm Service Agency

JFV

Joint farming venture

OECD

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

PA-WAgN

Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network

USDA

United States Department of Agriculture

Notes

Acknowledgements

The author thanks participants of the Missouri Valley Economics Association annual meeting, and three anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments and suggestions. A Beatrice Summer Stipend from Washburn University’s School of Business is also gratefully acknowledged.

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