Increasing Women's Benefits from Irrigation Development: Smallholder Irrigation in the Kano Plains, Kenya

"In the approach of the Kenyan Provincial Irrigation Unit (PIU), Nyanza Province, that works within the framework of the Smallholder Irrigation Development Project (SIDP), the participation of the users of the schemes has a high priority. In the late eighties, however, the project realised that the farmers involved in the project's interventions were almost exclusively male, while women's contribution to irrigated agriculture in Nyanza is important. PIU and SIDP felt the need to adapt the project interventions towards a more gender-balanced inclusion of all users in irrigation development. By increasing women's benefits from rice cultivation, their interest in the project could be ensured."
irrigation, women, rice, agriculture