ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Women Farmers in China's Commercial Agrarian Economy

Based on the fieldwork in Chenggong county, Yunnan province, this study tries to show how the process of market reforms has transformed the lives of a large number of women in China's villages from being round-the-year labour providers to that of farmer entrepreneurs. It examines how the institutional changes brought about by the reforms have contributed to the rise of this distinctly new class of women entrepreneurs who have emerged as significant actors in the rural economy. The study examines three key variables - marketing opportunities, access to farm inputs and control over land, which influence their abilities in terms of negotiating the male-dominated institutions of the market. The article focuses on those institutional constraints that restrict these women entrepreneurs from participating equally in the market and make them vulnerable in a number of ways.
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