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USAID Advancing Nutrition
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Technical Report

USAID Advancing Nutrition conducted a gender analysis and social and behavior change (SBC) formative research that illuminated critical barriers impeding women's meaningful participation in and ability to benefit from agriculture and livelihood development activities in Assam, India. Though central to farming activities, women are frequently overlooked as skilled and successful farmers and are excluded from agriculture and livelihood decision-making processes. Their limited access to information, productive resources, and markets further impedes their success as farmers. Lastly, the burden of household responsibilities places immense time and energy constraints on women, leaving little room for participation in livelihood development activities. Women also receive less food in the household, which is an entrenched norm that women need less food than men and other household members.

Woman sitting on the ground and washing vegetables on the steps.