The inherent social dimension must be considered during the design and implementation of ecosystem restoration schemes, particularly in terms of the interaction between formal and informal institutions, to get better and more equitable outcomes from those schemes.
Statistics are worrying, but recognizing interlinkages between water and nutrition security, and their link to climate change, water pollution, and watershed degradation, could help accomplish both SDG 2 and 6.
It's not enough to include women in agricultural solutions. We need to rethink and retool these solutions to address the structural issues that make women unequal actors and participants in development.
What can we do to ensure small-scale irrigation technologies benefit women farmers? A new toolkit provides guidance for policymakers and project managers involved in irrigation projects to include women. The toolkit draws on findings from IFPRI's gender and irrigation research under REACH and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation.