Society and Identity
Co-Authors: Roy Huijsmans - Dr, International Institute of Social Studies, the Netherlands
Various national governments and (international) organisations have started to respond to an apparent generation problem in agriculture. At the same time, researchers have started to question the assumption that the current generation of youth is not interested in farming by studying how and why, at least some, young people still embark on agrarian futures. In this presentation we argue that both the practice of representation as well as the practice of becoming a young farmer are highly gendered. We do so by teasing out how gender is represented in the visual and written work used by governments and organisations that seek to promote farming among the young generation. We bring this in relation with an analysis of ethnographic and life history material from research with young women farmers in Indonesia. Thinking across these two different kinds of ‘gender-based engagements’ with the generation problem in agriculture highlights some importance gendered emphases and silences in knowledge about young people’s engagement with farming.