Future development of smallholder irrigation in southern Africa will depend on improved returns to investment in irrigation. Subsidy is likely to decrease. It is therefore important that the users of irrigation have the capacity to make profits and to improve livelihoods by choosing the systems best suited to their situations. Women are key actors in irrigation in the region but their needs have not been considered closely in design, nor have they been included among participants in decision-making.
Gender Issues in Smallholder Irrigation Rehabilitation: Cases from South Africa looks at the special problems that arise for men and women and Agencies that already have a vested interest in an existing but failing scheme and who are faced with the challenge of turning it around.
Chancellor, F.; O’Neill, D. Gender sensitive irrigation design (part 4): gender issues in smallholder irrigation rehabilitation - cases from South AfricaHR Wallingford, UK. (1999), 98 pp.