Annual CAPE "Robert McC Netting" Plenary Lecture, by Trevor Birkenholtz

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Galerie 2, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Jennifer Rice
Chairs: Jennifer Rice


This is the ninth annual Cultural and Political Ecology (CAPE) specialty group Robert McC Netting plenary lecture. This plenary is given by the previous year's recipient of the CAPE Robert McC Netting Award, which is in recognition of distinguished research and professional activities that bridge geography and anthropology. The 2017 lecturer is Dr. Trevor Birkenholtz, who will speak on "The (Re)Feminization of Agrarian Labor: Women, Water and the Efficiency Paradox in North India." This paper draws on a case from the northern India to examine the relationship between drip irrigation and agrarian labor. In doing so, the paper draws into question what we mean by efficiency and challenges the supposed origins of efficiency gains from drip irrigation. The paper’s main argument is that drip irrigation’s efficiency gains in productivity occur via a feminine labor subsidy due to a deepening of the "feminization of agriculture" in the 21st century. The paper concludes with a discussion drip irrigations’ impact on farmers’ livelihoods and its policy implications.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Trevor Birkenholtz*, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The (Re)Feminization of Agrarian Labor: Women, Water and Efficiency in North India 20 10:00 AM

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