Contribution Of Women In Agroforestry Practices Of West Tripura, North-East India

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Jaba Debbarma, Moitree Taran and Sourabh Deb

Department of Forestry and Biodiversity, Tripura University (A Central University), Suryamaninagar,

Tripura West- 799022 India

 

 The adoptability and compatibility of agroforestry practices has provided better welfare of the society for overall community development. Women’s participation is also fundamental for maintaining the agricultural production and other management activities. Therefore, the present study was made to understand the variation in inter and intra-cultural practices of agroforestry systems by identifying different roles played across the social sector and to find out the economic benefits from different components of the system. It was found that both the communities cultivate and manage tree species, agricultural crops, livestock and other livelihood components. This investigation also shows intercultural variations of different communities in agroforestry system. Women in tribal community are more active in field then non-tribal but earn less due to lack to market and transport facility. The return from other livelihood components by tribal community was highest. However, Areca catechu fruits offered more remuneration followed by Cocosnucifera, Artocarpus heterophyllus and Tamarindus indica. Other activities identified were marketing, production and preparation, harvesting, education of children, household work, child care, work distribution and protection and management. Thus, women are seen to play significant activities in fulfilling the family needs by involving in various works. The components preferred by women in agroforestry must be introduced and practiced in a sustainable way to get higher benefits. For increasing self-dependant woman in the state, contribution of women in agroforestry should be encouraged.

 

Keywords: Community; Gender; Livelihood; Utilization; Sustainable.

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