Business Case for Gender Mainstreaming in Cotton in Maharashtra
India is the largest producer and second largest exporter of cotton in the world, providing direct livelihood to 6 million farmers, while about 40-50 million people are employed in
cotton trade and processing. Women perform a majority of the tasks involved in cotton cultivation, but play a limited part in agricultural decision-making, have limited involvement in market-facing roles and limited control over profits. They often fall on the shadow side of farm-related interventions and have reduced access to agronomic knowledge, skills and extension services.
To assess the potential of women cotton cultivators and build a deeper understanding of gender roles and responsibilities in cotton cultivation, Sattva and IDH conducted a gender analysis of cotton cultivation — ‘Business Case for Gender Mainstreaming in Cotton in Maharashtra’.
In the report, the gender analysis framework developed by Sattva helped build an understanding of the gender division of roles and responsibilities on the farm, participation in decision-making, and access to productive resources. The framework also analyzes the underlying gender and socio-cultural norms, which could influence the division of roles and access to ecosystem support. The results of this report build a business case for strengthening the role of women cotton cultivators.
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Shambhavi is a Senior Research Manager at Sattva and brings in 8 years of experience in research and public policy projects in the sectors of rural livelihoods, women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion. Shambhavi brings with her strong expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods using mixed-method approaches, statistical tools and experience with leading outreach and dissemination activities on the field and in the ecosystem. She has served as a Principal Investigator (PI) on numerous gender, public health, financial inclusion and rural livelihood projects.
Prior to Sattva, Shambhavi worked as Research Manager for Institute of Financial Management and Research (IFMR LEAD), India where she served as the PI and programme lead for policy projects in the Financial Inclusion vertical on multi-stakeholder projects in collaboration with partners such as DFID, Access Assist, SIDBI, Ministry of Finance and the University of Munich.
Shambhavi holds a Master of Arts degree in Cultural and Social Geography from the University of British Columbia, Canada, a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations and Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India and a Bachelors in Political Science from Lady Shriram Delhi University, India.
Bobbymon heads Assessments in Sattva and is based in our Bangalore office.
He has delivered evaluation assignments across sectors and with key CSR accounts such as ABG, JPMorgan, ACC, Philips, L&T Infotech, L&T Financial Services, Dell and Fidelity. He comes with over 13 years of experience in the development sector, across programme design, implementation and Monitoring and Evaluation. He has led Programme Delivery, Curriculum Development, setting up Monitoring & Evaluation frame works and tools in non-profits.
He is also a master facilitator/trainer in Life Skills.
Satvika provides strategic advise to international clients at Sattva.
She has also worked with large scale foundations, social enterprises, consortiums and organisations in designing and implementing key strategic solutions and programmes in India.
Satvika’s foray into this sector began early, when she volunteered part-time with Mr. Maheishgirri (current Member of Parliament) in his political campaign on key health initiatives. She was a founding member of the LSR chapter of the international social entrepreneurship society, Enactus, as a part of which, she enabled farmers to transition from chemical farming to organic farming and helped their wives gain alternative means of livelihood, thereby increasing the average household income. As a Young India Fellow, she worked with a Dalit Youth Advocacy Organisation to help them address key operational challenges and address gaps in effective engagement with the youth. She strives to marry her business knowledge with the social context to achieve impact outcomes. She is dedicated to working with social entrepreneurs to bring innovations to scale
Satvika is a Young India Fellow (2016) and has a Bachelors in Commerce from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi
Shruti is part of the Transformative Advisory team in Delhi, leading delivery for clients in the education sector, for bringing systemic transformation at scale through process standardisation, technology and capability development.
She has over 8+ years of experience in various roles across industries – as a management consultant in KPMG Advisory, creating solutions and supporting implementation for large scale business transformation projects in India, South Africa, Uganda and UAE, as a Chartered Accountant, handling market research for investments with Franklin Templeton, as well as a stint with the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs. At Sattva she has worked on key projects of Sattva Knowledge in the impact investment and education landscape across Asia, and on issues of education and gender equality.
Shruti has a Bachelors in Commerce from Mumbai University, is a Chartered Accountant and is a graduate of IIM Kozhikode.
Shalini is a consultant with the Sattva Solutions Group, working with key CSR clients in delivering impact through implementation and advisory services.
She has worked as a consultant at the Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS), Bangalore on a collaborative research programme on climate change adaptation. She has worked closely on adaptation trends and patterns observed in peri-urban areas around Bangalore. She has also worked at the Currency Derivatives team at Goldman Sachs. Shalini is committed to using the power of technology to deliver improve governance the grassroots. She is also passionate about mainstreaming sustainable practices across the board, and bringing women at the fore of sustainable development.
Shalini has an Economics (Hons.) degree from Christ University, Bangalore and an M.Sc. in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Anjali works in the design and implementation of Gender Diversity Solutions as part of the Solutions team in Bangalore.
She has prior work experience in both the private and development sector. Post her work with L&T as a process engineer, she interned with a CSR foundation in the design of their women’s livelihood programme as part of the Young India Fellowship (Ashoka University). She has also managed a sustainable livelihood project for an NGO in Hyderabad. At Sattva, she has been involved in the end-to-end programme execution and monitoring of a CSR pilot initiative aimed at the skill development of women for customer experience roles.
Anjali holds a Bachelors in Technology (Chemical Engineering) from National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli.
Malvika is a part of the Transformative Advisory Team in Mumbai.
She has over 4 years of experience in the development sector. She worked at Pratham, as a Regional Coordinator for Pratham’s skill development programme, monitoring progress of trainees placed in jobs (with specific focus on migrants). She has also worked at an early-stage social enterprise, where she focused on building the organisation’s strategy with the objective to deliver skills of the future. At Sattva she has worked across various types of projects including – research on integrating women in the value chain, organisation building for a large-scale child right’s organisation, and programme design and management for CSR clients. She is committed to fixing systems and building stronger systems — be it strengthening an organisation so that it can scale effectively or figuring out a way to bring women entrepreneurs into the mainstream.
Malvika has a Masters in Development Practice from Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
Mohana Rajan is part of the Consulting Services team in Mumbai.
Prior to Sattva she has worked in the corporate as well as development sectors and as a Legislative Assistant to Mr. Jyotiraditya Scindia. She has worked with Foundations, Philanthropists, Corporate CSR and Non-profits in the areas of skill development, healthcare and children with special needs. She is passionate about gender equality and is keen to look into innovative models that can emulate corporate success in the development sector.
Mohana is a mechanical engineer from NITK Surathkal and a graduate of IIM Bangalore.
Manasi leads key client engagements in Africa and Southeast Asia for Sattva’s international business unit, working with social enterprises, funders and donors that are working in the intersection of food security, climate change and gender inclusion in Africa and South-East Asia.
Prior to Sattva, Manasi was an Analyst and Engagement Manager, working on Market Entry Strategy, Strategic Sales and Channels Planning, Business Modelling, Marketing Ecosystem Planning and more. She has also co-authored reports on topics related to Indian small and medium businesses – operational challenges and opportunities and India IT Report Card – Implications of federal budget. At Sattva she has worked with key CSR clients in helping develop national strategies around waste and water management. She has further helped developed programmes around marine waste management and integrated village watershed development.
Manasi is a Mathematics graduate from the University of Delhi.