Can Small-Scale Irrigation Empower Women?
Can small-scale irrigation empower women?
This is one of the critical questions that the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation (ILSSI), led by Texas A&M University, has been set up to investigate. Despite the unique needs, roles, and norms that relate women and men with water, very little research has been done on how irrigation can empower or disempower women and men. ILSSI researchers have tackled this question head-on with both quantitative and qualitative research complemented by insights from the field and gender-irrigation trainings in three Feed the Future countries.
Read this brief on What happens after technology adoption? Gendered aspects of small-scale irrigation technologies in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania for a sneak preview of some of ILSSI's findings.
Claudia Ringler is Deputy Division Director of the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
Elizabeth Bryan is a Senior Research Analyst in the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) where she is conducts policy-relevant
Sophie Theis is a research analyst and gender specialist in the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
Nicole Lefore is a Senior Project Manager (Research for Development) at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in South Africa.
Biniam Iyob joined the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Food Security in 2013 to work as a water and irrigation advisor.
He holds a doctorate in geography focusing on the Nile Basin and a master’s degree in remote sensing of vegetation change from Oregon State University, an MBA from the University of Mauritius and a bachelor’s degree in soil and water conservation from the University of Asmara, Eritrea.