I.C.College of Home Sciences, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, Haryana


Sustainable rural development embraces both the natural and social environment. Sustainability is attained through well-planned and properly implemented initiatives that address the social, physical and economic facets of the environment in an integrated and participatory approach. Rural women form the most important productive work force in the economy of the developing countries including India but are not sufficiently recognized for their contributions. In agricultural development, there is a gradual realization of the key role of women over the years. Their roles vary across various regions but they face gender-specific constraints that limit their contributions to agricultural production, economic growth and well-being of their families. Gender equality can lead to empowerment of women and promoting economic growth which is the focal point of sustainable rural development.
Presently, the economic growth needs a shift from capturing mere economic parameters to agricultural and gender sensitive issues that has gained importance for ensuring sustainable development in the society. Bridging the gender gap will result in increased access of resources to women and strengthen their voice within the household leading to better food security, nutrition, education, health and wellness of all.
Under aegis of Prime Minister's programme viz. Digital India, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Start-up India, Make in India, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana etc., our country envisions a future in which even women are independent and self reliant. With these national policies and developmental programmes, emphasis has been shifted from developmental issues alone to a holistic approach for empowerment of women. In light of the above, the conference would explore key challenges and opportunities in unlocking potentials of gender issues and socio-economic perspectives for sustainable rural development in India. The objectives of the conference are as follows:


  • To focus on emerging gender issues for sustainable rural development
  • To take stock of gender friendly technologies for socio-economic empowerment of rural women
  • Impact assessment of policies and programmes addressing gender issues in agriculture and rural development
  • To formulate strategies for engendering sustainable rural development in agriculture