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Women's Land Rights and Sustainable Development


  • Mehra, Rekha


Unequal and insecure access to land undermind women's farm productivity, limit employment options, depress their earnings, and degrade the environment. Factors limiting women's access to land include legal discrimination, land scarcity, inappropriate government policies, and lack of political power and social status. Policies to promote sustainalbe development rather than focusing on family planning, as is commonly done, should directly support women's economic activities. Especially needed ot enhance women's investment incentives and to encourage them to take a longer-term view on the encironment are polcieis to strengthen their land rights. To enhance women's capacity to act upon these incentives and build their human capital, policies are needed to improve their access to resoruces and services such as credit, agricultural extension, new technologies, and better education and health care.

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  • Mehra, Rekha, 1997. "Women's Land Rights and Sustainable Development," 1997 Occasional Paper Series No. 7 198040, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:iaaeo7:198040
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.198040

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