Mani and other women have established self-help groups in her village in the drylands of Rajasthan to share information, knowledge and resources on improved water management practices and cultivation of better and varied crops for greater nutrition, food and water security.
Explore Women and Gender in Drylands, a multimedia story discussing gender issues and highlighting examples of successful gender-responsive research interventions in rural drylands of the developing world.
Statement by Dr. Richard Thomas: "Today we celebrate the International Women’s Day 2016 by shining the spotlight on the incredible contributions of women and girls in rural drylands."
While we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women, progress towards gender parity has actually slowed in many places. Urgent concrete action is needed to accelerate gender parity in drylands and around the world.
Women have been gaining control, mostly as the result of a natural process that requires them to take charge, while their husbands are working off-farm.
A Rural Women Learning Alliance in Uzbekistan is leading local community efforts to cope with the negative effects of climate change and land degradation.
Scientists and local institutions team up with local grassroots organizations to help women in impoverished dryland communities in rural India address livelihood challenges related to water scarcity.
Failure to sufficiently consider gender relations will only partially transform sub-Saharan Africa’s wheat sector and therefore ensure food and nutritional security across the region. Some 50 scientists across disciplines from 12 countries gather to outline a multi-year strategy of action.