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Webinar talk on women's participation in irrigation systems

13 March 2018 - As part of the webinar “Improving gender equity in irrigation” IAMO scientist Nozilakhon Mukhamedova and the scientists Nicole Lefore and Elizabeth Weight will hold a presentation entitled “Improving learning in irrigation: What approaches can improve participation and benefits for women? Pilot study in Uzbekistan” today at 15:00 CET. The webinar explores how to improve women's participation and benefits in irrigation schemes. It is hosted by the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research in collaboration with the WLE's Thrive Network.

Women farmers often undertake farming activities within irrigation schemes, and can even constitute the majority in smallholder irrigation schemes. However, for various reasons, women are often excluded from the governance and management of such schemes. This makes it difficult to achieve equity in outcomes from investments in irrigation. In turn, this situation can have a negative impact on overall scheme and water efficiency, on food production, household food security and nutrition, and livelihoods. It also means a missed opportunity for empowering women. At the same time, public investments continue to be made in irrigation schemes, following the historical patterns in governance and management. This happens despite the fact that many donors that are investing in irrigation projects are, at least partly, targeting women.

The tool and pilot to be presented in the webinar are a response to the call for a different approach to planning and implementing irrigation projects toward greater gender equity, allowing for learning and improvement at different points in the project life cycle.

“Improving gender equity in irrigation”

13 March 2018 ǀ 15:00 CET