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Type Working Paper
Title Women’s Agricultural Work and Nutrition in Pakistan: Findings from Qualitative Research
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2015
URL https://opendocs.ids.ac.uk/opendocs/bitstream/handle/123456789/12156/Women_Agricultural_Work_ and_​Nutrition_ in_ Pakistan1.pdf?sequence=1
Does women’s work in agriculture help or hinder nutrition in Pakistan? This question has
assumed great significance due to the steady feminisation, over the last decade, of the
agricultural labour force, and the absence of nutritional improvement in the same period.
This exploratory paper builds upon the agriculture-nutrition pathways framework to propose
an approach to individual or household-level decision-making, in which the provision of care
(for children and women) plays an important part in determining nutrition outcomes. If
nutrition is one of the factors in work, care and consumption choices, how might the terms
of any trade-off be made more favourable to nutrition? The paper examines various linkages
between agricultural work and care using insights gained from qualitative research in two
high productivity agricultural areas of the country. These linkages are strongly mediated
through gendered norms in agricultural work as well as in care provision, and the terms of
the possible choices with respect to work, care and consumption vary between socioeconomic

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Balagamwala, Mysbah, Haris Gazdar, and Hussain Bux Mallah. "Women’s Agricultural Work and Nutrition in Pakistan: Findings from Qualitative Research." (2015).
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