Influencing water investments to support women in Tajikistan

Community water management investments in Tajikistan are now better targeted to women, with an aim to increase food production and stabilize farming systems.

The changes came after an evaluation by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) found that not addressing the needs of women can harm a project’s prospects. As more and more men migrate from farms, women have been thrust into farm management roles in Tajikistan and around the developing world.

With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Tajikistan introduced water user associations (WUAs) in 2012 and trained thousands of farm managers to take charge of their own water management decisions. IWMI evaluated these WUAs over a four-year period, to better…