A culture prohibiting women to appear in public, combined with a widespread lack of education, means women enjoy few if any economic opportunities. This is no longer the case for Nafasgul, a female farmer in Parwan.
Our researchers and local partners are working to close the gender gap in barley farming in order to empower women and boost production and incomes in Ethiopia.
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.