Gender in Agriculture Partnership

Transforming agriculture to empower women and deliver food, nutrition and income security

Side Event during Africa Water Week: New Approaches for Inclusive Irrigation

Dar es Salam

DATE: Thursday 21st July 2016

TIME: 12:30 - 13:30hrs

VENUE: Ruaha Hall, Julius Nyerere International Conference Centre, Dar es Salaam


Expanding access to irrigation has the potential to boost agricultural productivity, climate resilience, food and nutritional security, and sustainable livelihoods. What are the constraints for smallholder farmers, particularly women, to adopt irrigation technologies in Africa?

In this side event during Africa Water Week, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), and CARE will present recent research on constraints to gender equality in irrigation in Africa. The presentations will also share tools created to guide practitioners and communities to identify gender-based constraints and design inclusive irrigation technologies, schemes, and policies.

Presentations include:

  •          Insights and Opportunities from New Field Studies with Small-scale Irrigation in Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia, and Ghana, Jennie Barron, IWMI
  •          Gendered Constraints to Irrigation Adoption by Smallholder Farmers: Recent Research from Tanzania, Henry Mahoo, SUA
  •          Micro-irrigation and Women’s Empowerment, Oliva Kinabo, CARE Tanzania
  •          Inclusive Irrigation: Early Findings and New Tools for Projects and Research, Sophie Theis, IFPRI

The 6th Africa Water Week will be held from July 18-22, 2016 at Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The theme of this year’s conference is “Achieving the SDGs on Water Security and Sanitation.”  Under this overall theme, IFPRI and IWMI, with Sokoine University of Agriculture, are hosting this Side Event supported by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation.

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