Unrecognized contribution of rural women
In our country, the contributions of women in rural economy are not recognized. Women's participation in agriculture has grown rapidly during the past 15 years in Bangladesh. About 65 per cent of women in our country work in agriculture sector, research shows.
Nowadays, rural women in our country are playing a vital role in a wide range of income-generating activities including post-harvesting, cow farming, goat farming, poultry rearing, home gardening and vegetable growing.
Rural women of our country also play an active role in ensuring household food security. They not only ensure protein supply of the family by rearing livestock or poultry but also contribute to household diet by growing various vegetables and fruits in homestead garden. Farm activities in the homesteads, ranging from selection of seed to harvesting and storing of crops, are predominantly managed by women. Thus, rural women contribute 25-50 per cent of household income of the families.
So, the contribution of women should recognize by enacting proper law, increasing community development, and improving food security in Bangladesh.
The writer is studying at Department of Agriculture, International University of Business Agriculture and Technology