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Women's Participation in Watershed Development in India

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Seeley, Janet; Batra, Meenakshi; Sarin, Madhu
Date: 2000
Agency: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London
Series: Gatekeeper Series, no. 92
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6173
Sector: Social Organization
Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): women
water management
land tenure and use
Abstract: "Watershed development has been adopted in India to address land degradation and the need for increased agricultural productivity. Women have tended to be marginalised in watershed development projects because of the focus on land development, which given the control of land in many parts of India, makes it male-focused. We argue that the fact that women are often left out of such pro- jects matters, because women play a central role in the management of natural resources. Land-based activities usually generate more income and carry less risk than non-land-based activities that women are often encouraged to take up."

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