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International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

Meena Acharya and Lynn Bennett Women and the Subsistence Sector: Economic Participation and Household Decisionmaking in Nepal World Bank Staff Working Paper No. 526, US$5. Women work. In traditional societies they often work longer hours than men. But their contribution, much of it to housework and subsistence agriculture, has frequently been overlooked in development projects and planning. The repercussions of this neglect have been wide-ranging—diminishing efforts to raise household incomes, to encourage family planning, and to improve health