Women and participatory irrigation in Tajikistan

The 'average' farmer in Tajikistan is female, due to high rates of male migration. IWMI's Soumya Balasubramanya makes the case for taking a comprehensive approach towards irrigation by considering the needs of both farms and homestead plots, in order to secure the production of food.

IWMI conducted a study on cooperative irrigation in Tajikistan that found that women’s failure to join water user associations prevented women farmers from getting enough water for their farms. But some women are breaking the mold and addressing the problem of dehydration. The reporter from BBC News Persian visited a woman in southern Tajikistan who is one of the 13 women directors of water user associations in the country.

Watch the video, read the story and see the photos on BBC News Persian:
Women and participatory irrigation in Tajikistan (in Persian)

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) had a significant presence at the High-Level Conference on the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development,” 2018-2028, which was organized jointly by the United Nations and Government of Tajikistan, and took place in the nation’s capital, Dushanbe, on June 20-21. In addition to sharing perspectives through presentations and panel discussions, we placed opinion articles in diverse media, while also engaging with BBC Persian to develop a feature story on water user associations established in Tajikistan with support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).


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