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Planting paddy saplings in Patiala, India. Three-quarters of Indian farmers are women, but most don’t own their land. Bharat Bhushan/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Women grow as much as 80% of India’s food – but its new farm laws overlook their struggles

Most Indian farmers are women. But few own their land, and gender inequality limits their access to markets. These issues won't be fixed by recent agricultural reforms; in fact, they may get worse.
Congress workers in Beawar burn effigy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 29 2021 during a protest against the government’s farming reforms measures and riots. Pacific Press Media Production Corp./Alamy Stock Photo

Why Indian farmers are so angry about the Modi government’s agricultural reforms

While new Indian agricultural reforms are ostensibly aimed at empowering farmers, there are fears they will have the opposite effect. Here's why.
Proponents of the new laws claim they will help India’s agricultural sector, but small, rural farmers fear losing their livelihoods. AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

India’s farmers are right to protest against agricultural reforms

New agriculture laws in India could adversely impact the lives of millions of small farmers who struggle with low wages. Farmers are right to protest against laws that jeopardize their livelihoods.

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