Gender wise analysis of access to and control over assets in the rural households of andhra pradesh (dry areas)

In recent times, the rural households have come to occupy an important position in development studies. Because it was seen as the social mechanism through which, to at least some degree, all individuals’ welfare and labour allocation decisions are determined based on asset availability. An asset refers to resources with economic value that an individual, owns or controls with the expectation that it will provide future benefit. Assets like land and dwelling, farm assets, farm structures, livestock, farm animals, domestic assets, jewellery and vehicles were available to the rural households. Access to assets like land and livestock can be crucial for livelihoods in rural areas. The availability of assets and their proper management is based on the social, economic and environmental conditions. However, in many cases women’s access to assets like land, livestock, farm structures, jewellery and awareness of the outside world, as well as cash money for their needs is restricted. Proper management of assets is based on the accessibility and control over them. An exploratory research design was adopted to study the information related availability, accessibility and control over assets. A total of eighty households were purposively selected from each village i.e. 40 households from Jc Agraharam and 40 households from Pamidipadu. Statistical procedures like frequency, percentage were employed to analyze and interpret the data. Results revealed that majority the availability of assets to the rural households was agricultural land and domestic assets, vehicles and Jewellery. Accessibility to assets was there for both males and females but control was more for male members than female members.

Venkata Sushma and Vijaya Lakshmi, V.
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