A gender-responsive approach to designing agricultural risk management bundles

Here is a link to a recent project note on the potential for direct seeding of rice may reduce risks associated with rice cultivation in rained areas of eastern India. We find that a major issue is that women transplant their rice much later than men, primarily because of challenges that they face in accessing labor for transplanting operations. As a result, crop models predict that they get lower yields in expectation, and due to less predictable rainfall later in the monsoon season, their rice is also exposed to more production risk. 
In terms of next steps: We’re now looking at direct-seeded rice as a way to help address the labor-related challenges that women farmers face, because our simulations are showing that this could be beneficial in improving yields and reducing risks especially for (predominantly women) farmers who transplant later in the season.