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Empowering women through local self-help groups in India

To mark the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2016, the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems is stepping it for women to raise awareness about their roles and recognize their invaluable contribution to agriculture and other socio-economic, cultural and political aspects of life in the world’ most vulnerable communities in rural drylands.

In this video, we show how our researchers at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and local partners are shaping scientific research-backed interventions by empowering women as community leaders in Rajasthan, India to take charge and reduce their vulnerability to scarce water resources and climate change. 

Mani Devi, a mother of seven, recounts her long labour intensive days exacerbated by the lack of water. With the help of our researchers and local partners, Mani and other women have established self-help groups in her village in the Indian drylands of Rajasthan to share information, knowledge and resources on better water management practices and cultivation of improved and varied crops for better nutrition, food and water security.

In the end says Mani Devi:

“If the children’s education is good, they are well-mannered and cultured, they have good water to drink, they have electricity, then everybody is happy.”

Happy International Women's Day!