Research on gender and agriculture during COVID-19: Re-negotiating care from the local to global

Authors: Kayla Yurco*, James Madison University
Topics: Feminist Geographies
Keywords: care, COVID-19, feminist methodology, food security, gender, Kenya
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Virtual 17
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This paper considers personal politics of care during the COVID-19 pandemic: care research, care labor, and care needs. I draw from longstanding research on gendered, intra-household dynamics of livestock management and food security with pastoralists in Kenya to begin considering how COVID-19 is impacting the gender-agriculture nexus there, and elsewhere. In so doing, I reflect on how the very question necessitates iterative feminist methodologies, gender-disaggregated data within and across households, collaboration with empowered research participants, and thoughtful reflections on positionality; i.e., it requires care. Practically, it also requires time actually spent in households, a reality made difficult to impossible in the current era. In confronting the privilege of wrestling with questions of care from home, I consider how we may keep showing up for those we care about but cannot be with; and how we might embrace the messy, dynamic natures of care at a variety of scales so as to keep contributing to social and environmental justice work that empowers women in the gender-agriculture nexus now, and later.

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