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Irrigation in agriculture: a driver of social differentiation and an empowering livelihood option for rural women

Imburgia, L., Osbahr, H. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0130-2313, Cardey, S. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8504-8027 and Momsen, J. (2021) Irrigation in agriculture: a driver of social differentiation and an empowering livelihood option for rural women. wH2O: Journal of Gender and Water, 8. pp. 27-39. ISSN 2167-2830

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Abstract/Summary

This paper presents empirical evidence on issues of gender roles, agricultural livelihoods, and social differentiation in communal small-scale irrigation studied in Ethiopia and Argentina. Findings revealed that irrespective of the cultural setting, many women in irrigation remain constrained by structural inequalities regarding access to secure, reliable and affordable irrigation water. These constraints are driven by entrenched power dynamics, social relations and wealth handicaps. These Endings contrast with long-standing efforts to devise agricultural policies aimed at reducing gender asymmetries and improving conditions for women in agriculture. In this paper, the case for strengthening irrigation as an empowering livelihood option for rural women is presented.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Livelihoods Research
ID Code:97764
Publisher:University of Pennsylvania

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