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Women farmers

Jamie Skinner

Relocating to make way for big dams in West Africa has different impacts on men and women. In this blog we take a look at examples of how women's livelihoods have been affected by dams in Ghana and Niger.

The Global Water Initiative in West Africa will be at this year's World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden from 23-28 August, 2015.

The Global Water Initiative: Water for agriculture programme in West Africa (2012–2017)

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This factsheet provides an overview of the work of the Global Water Initiative in West Africa between 2012 and 2017, which focuses on 'water for agriculture'. The Global Water Initiative is funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the West Africa programme is implemented by IIED and IUCN.

Women farmers

The role of women in rice production

Our research on smallholder rice farming in areas irrigated by large dams in Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal shows that women want more economic and social autonomy. To achieve this they need to be able to diversify their sources of income and play a greater role in decision-making by local producer and community organisations. This, in turn, cannot be done without addressing the social and cultural barriers to women’s independence and empowerment.

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