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Exploring the Gender Involvement in Agricultural Decision Making: A Case Study of District Chakwal

Agriculture is the main source of earning and employment sector in Pakistan. In rural areas of Pakistan, women make feed, collect fodder, clean animals and their sheds, make dung cakes, collect manure for organic fertilizers, pump milk, process animals products and market them. They also play a crucial role in rural poultry farming where they apply their own methods of rearing and breeding. But overall the agricultural activity rates may vary from one region to another as in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Balochistan, the socio-cultural norms are more binding and less female participation is observed. Women also play an important role in dairy production. They remain invisible partners in development. Farmers are still generally perceived as \’\’male\’\’ by policy-makers, development planners and agricultural experts and service deliverers. Therefore study in hand was designed to explore the involvement of both genders in agriculture sector.

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