Patterns of gender division of labour in the livestock sector has seen negligible change. Women’s access to information and training in modern livestock management and dairying continues to be limited and even indirect, lowering their involvement and efficiency.

Making the Connect: Small Holder Dairy Farming and the Risk of Zoonoses
  • Women play a major role in animal husbandry even if their contribution and worth is not compensated and recognised enoughWomen play a major role in animal husbandry even if their contribution and worth is not compensated and recognised enough
  • Women are more involved in livestock production as compared to crop production, taking care of all aspects of livestock production, with the exception of herding and marketing Women are more involved in livestock production as compared to crop production, taking care of all aspects of livestock production, with the exception of herding and marketing
  • Women are active in feeding and watering, fodder gathering, poultry and stable cleaning, collecting dung for fertiliser and fuel, caring of sick, pregnant and lactating animals, milking and making ghee, cheese and butter.Women are active in feeding and watering, fodder gathering, poultry and stable cleaning, collecting dung for fertiliser and fuel, caring of sick, pregnant and lactating animals, milking and making ghee, cheese and butter.
  • Why women are excluded from the more “intelligent” decisions related to where sick animals are treated, where and at what cost milk is sold, what happens to income that is generated is because they are home bound and “do not know any better”. Also, traditionally, these decisions have been the sole preserve of menfolk with women accepting it uncomplaininglyWhy women are excluded from the more “intelligent” decisions related to where sick animals are treated, where and at what cost milk is sold, what happens to income that is generated is because they are home bound and “do not know any better”. Also, traditionally, these decisions have been the sole preserve of menfolk with women accepting it uncomplainingly
  • In South Asia, where gender and familial responsibilities and obligations are hierarchical, mothers-in-law command pride of place. Bulk of the menial tasks are done by the daughter-in-law while supervision is done by the daughterIn South Asia, where gender and familial responsibilities and obligations are hierarchical, mothers-in-law command pride of place. Bulk of the menial tasks are done by the daughter-in-law while supervision is done by the daughter
  • Women dairyists are keen to learn new techniques, enhance knowledge levels and upgrade skills. Some state governments, like Andhra Pradesh have conducted training programmes, working closely with veterinarians and animal health workersWomen dairyists are keen to learn new techniques, enhance knowledge levels and upgrade skills. Some state governments, like Andhra Pradesh have conducted training programmes, working closely with veterinarians and animal health workers
  • Women's contribution in livestock production at community and policy level must be acknowledged. Curriculum of agriculture universities to reflect gender aspect, new research to highlight gender related challenges and opportunities, scholarships for education in livestock and avenues for employment are steps in the right directionWomen's contribution in livestock production at community and policy level must be acknowledged. Curriculum of agriculture universities to reflect gender aspect, new research to highlight gender related challenges and opportunities, scholarships for education in livestock and avenues for employment are steps in the right direction
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