The history of Agriculture in India dates back to Indus Valley Civilization Era and even before that in some parts of Southern India. Today, India ranks second worldwide in farm output Depicted as a male-dominated profession, women have been most often than not excluded from the farming narrative. Women in India have always been involved in farming, typically doing work between the traditionally ‘male jobs’ of sowing and harvesting, such as weeding and applying fertiliser. Yet, the dominant narrative in India is that only men are the backbone of farming in the country. This narrative, however, undermines a surprising, yet important fact: the percentage of the male farmer is lesser than the female farmer in India.This data story busts the myth that women in India are not part of the farming workforce. With important data, supplemented with expert opinion. CNN News18 tried to bring in notice to the public that women in India are the main workforce behind farming in the country.
What makes this project innovative?
The project sheds light on the much-neglected issue in today's India. While most of the media houses in India have been reporting on the gender-based issue, we at CNN News18 tried to start a debate on women who are the backbone of India economy – women farmers being one of them. Women have since long played a crucial role in India’s agricultural production, and the trend that sees men shifting to nonfarm activities further increases their responsibility. With this project, we have tried to outline avenues to address the gap between the reality of many rural women and their entitlements. Throughout the project, we have researched and mined data which is hardly available in the public domain.
What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?
The aim of the project was to bring forth the narrative that women farmers in India and their work is going unnoticed, and that the government in its yearly budget and other programmes would take care of the needs of these women farmers. We believe there's still more to do which in return can have some impact. But, for the starters, stating a debate on an overlooked issue is a step in the right direction.
Source and methodology
We went through lots of reports, research papers, government documents and analysed the data. Most of the data available was laced with jargons and terminology that is alien to the common public. Hence, we had vet through all the data and make it relatable to the public. Most of our data came from UN, World Bank, Oxfam, Census etc.
We used d3, Flourish, HTML, CSS, JS, Jquery to present the data. For scrapping and mining the data from large datasets from the government sources, we used Python.