Across South Asia today, male out-migration is a fact of life, particularly in the poorer Eastern states of India such as Bihar, not to mention Nepal and Bangladesh. This has led families to pursue a dual livelihood strategy, depending on both farming and migrant wage work, with neither able to fulfill their minimum needs alone, let alone provide opportunities for economic upliftment.
The CGIAR Gender and Agricultural Research network held their annual meeting in early November 2016. Our gender coordinator, Nicoline de Haan, and gender post-doc, Stephanie Leder attended and presented a poster titled “Reframing Women’s Empowerment in water security and climate resilience programs in the context of male emigration in Western Nepal.” Here is a blogpost about the meeting from our partners at ICRISAT.
Laos has many foreign land concessions, which have resulted in farmers losing their land and traditional livelihood activities. What are some of the coping mechanisms they employ to deal with these changes?
The gender panel at the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum held in Paris, alongside COP21, urged that recognizing a woman's right to land is a key stepping stone in paving the way forward for women's rights.
A new WLE-supported book on gender and rights-based water governance titled "Water is Life: Women’s human rights in national and local water governance in Eastern and Southern Africa,” has been published. Barbara van Koppen ofWLE/IWMI is one of the authors.
As a shifting climate and economic development make agricultural-based livelihoods increasingly less viable, men are migrating from rural areas in search of employment, while women are usually left behind.
New research sheds light on gender differences in perceptions of climate change and that men and women have different preferences, needs, and priorities for the ways in which they respond to climate change.
This event explored the impacts of water scarcity in the NENA region, and the role institutions can play in giving women more rights to land and water as well as opportunities to exercise these rights.