Martina Aruna Padmanabhan explores the negotiations at the inter- and intrafaces of knowledge and gender. The author analyses the construction of gender and knowledge to reveal how innovations in agriculture either transform existing gender relations or unfold a transcending potential. The case studies on the cultivation of cowpeas, onions and soybeans by Dagombas and Kusasis show that supposedly gender-neutral agricultural innovations become contested fields when men and women are "Trying to Grow". The contextualisation and social connotation of a crop decides over women's participation in rural development. This study throws a fresh light on the management of agricultural knowledge.
Dr. Martina Aruna Padmanabhan has been trained as an agricultural engineer in Berlin, Nottingham and Göttingen. She graduated in Rural Sociology with a pronounced interest in gender studies, sociology of knowledge and participatory methodology and gained vast empirical experience during fieldwork in India and Ghana.