This three-volume compendium brings together a selection of path-breaking essays on agriculture, property rights, and the environment, written over three decades. Combining diverse disciplines, methodologies and cross-country comparisons, the essays challenge standard economic analysis and assumptions from a gender perspective. They provide original insights on a wide range of theoretical, empirical, and policy issues of continuing importance in contemporary debates.
Volume 1:- spans the author's writings on agrarian change since 1981. It identifies gender inequalities in the impact of technical change in agriculture in Asia and Africa; the links between women, poverty, and economic growth processes; the statistical undercounting of women's work; and the key role of women farmers in food security. It also offers innovative institutional solutions as ways forward.
Volume 2 :- focuses on the author's paradigm-shifting work on women's property status in South Asia. It demonstrates the key importance of promoting access to property, especially land, for women's economic empowerment; details gender inequalities in inheritance laws, public policies, and land struggles; and presents the bargaining framework for understanding and overcoming these inequalities.
Volume 3:- traces the relationship between gender and environmental change. Critiquing ecofeminism, it outlines an alternative theoretical framework. Also, based on the author's fieldwork on community forest governance, it demonstrates how a critical mass of women can significantly improve conservation. Finally, the author reflects on which features of feminist scholarship make for an effective challenge to mainstream economics.
New York Times, Letting (Some of) India’s Women Own Land - http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/03/22/letting-some-of-indias-women-own-land/?_r=1
Launch of Bina Agarwal’s Gender Challenges by Amartya Sen Youtube: https://youtu.be/hY7NM900mTg
The Sunday Guardian, Fighting gender prejudice with analytical approach: http://www.sundayguardianlive.com/books/2485-fighting-gender-prejudice-analytical-approach
India Today (interview), Indian Women Must Chart Their Own Path: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/economist-bina-agarwal-women-protection-against-violence/1/594232.html
Caravan magazine, (interview), "Owning Property Empowers Women in Unique Ways": An Interview With Bina Agarwal: http://www.caravanmagazine.in/vantage/bina-agarwal
Business Today (interview), Bina Agarwal, Prof at Manchester University, on undercounting of women in workforce, http://www.businesstoday.in/opinion/interviews/undercounting-of-women-in-workforce-is-not-just-a-statistical-artefact/story/228271.html