. . . more than a third of the female workforce is engaged in agriculture, while in regions like Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, more than 60 per cent of all female employment is in this sector.1 To afford food and other basic expenses, men and women in rural areas often diversify their income by combining multiple forms of employment. Women generally work as subsistence farmers, small-scale entrepreneurs, unpaid workers on family farms or casual wage labourers – but they may take on all or a number of these activities at different times.
In general countries with more women in the rural workforce tend to be poorer.
In wealthier countries men are more likely to work in agriculture and rural support and servicing industries.
However, the number of women in what were once jobs regarded as mainly male preserves is increasing.
More women are actively involved in farming, and are increasingly likely to be found at work in the paddock and in governance and other supporting roles.
One reason for that is the increase of dairying. Two of our three sharemilkers are women and four of the six staff they employ are too.