It’s difficult to imagine significant change in the life of a female farmer when her days are spent schlepping brimming buckets of water from the river to the fields. When watering crops by hand, UC Davis researchers estimate that they haul up to 1,300 pounds of water per day — and even more during extremely dry seasons — to grow 100 square metres of vegetables. That is, assuming luck is on their side and there is any water to carry at all.
Rain used to make or break a woman’s ability to work and provide by watering crops in places like Nepal, India, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Without rain, farmers’ investments in seeds, fertiliser, and labour yielded no results, pushing them further away from economic empowerment. However, the introduction of simple-to-implement technologies has the potential to drastically alter this reality. And guess what else? It’s already being done in a number of locations around the world.
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