'I remember when it used to rain well and we could trust the weather'. Women's stories of changing farming lives in southern India.

Hazareesingh, Sandip (2020). 'I remember when it used to rain well and we could trust the weather'. Women's stories of changing farming lives in southern India. Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.

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Abstract

This article is based on oral history interviews with women farmers in the district of Ramanagara, Karnataka, and demonstrates the significance of cultural aspects of food and farming practices amongst women smallholders. These aspects tend to be neglected in mainstream development writings and the article suggests that oral history should be taken seriously as a research method capable of revealing women farmers' rich cultural capabilities over a significant historical duration. These capabilities, it is argued, are indispensable for the promotion of sustainable agriculture and development.

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