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.
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.