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.
Consultation on Gender Issues in Smallholder Irrigation Schemes in Zimbabwe, provides insights into the views and concerns of men and women on irrigation schemes in Zimbabwe.
Matshalaga, M. Gender sensitive irrigation design (part 6): consultation on gender issues in smallholder irrigation schemes in Zimbabwe, HR Wallingford, UK. (1999), 47 pp.