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Empowerment of women through water use security, land use security and knowledge generation for improved household food security and sustainable rural livelihoods in selected areas in Limpopo
Expanded Title:Lack of water and land use security refers to physical, legal and tenure insecurity while lack of food security implies insufficient physical, economic and social access by all people at all times to have enough food for an active and healthy life. Empowerment of women through secure access to water and land, as well as by obtaining knowledge and developing skills must receive priority attention. This will provide the necessary incentives to take ownership of the process of productive use of water to achieve food security and improve rural livelihoods. Finding from this research project will contribute to bridging the divide between the above mentioned current reality and government policy intentions. It will deepen the understanding of social dynamics at the community and household level that impact on the empowerment of women and attainment of sustainable food production. It includes better understanding of institutional and organizational impediments affecting the decision making powers of women. Better understanding of what impact land reform and rural development policies have on women is of specific importance. Furthermore, this research will improve the understanding of co-operative governance and inter-governmental relations at national, provincial and local level, regarding interaction with affected people in rural areas and the related household food security. In particular the socially embedded practices in traditional areas which are affecting the security of women with reference to household food production and improving livelihoods require attention. Empirical data collected and analysed in this study will lead to understanding of key domains of empowerment that are relevant for rural farming women. The three irrigation schemes are situated in Steelpoortdrift (Sekhukhune District); Mashushu (Capricon District) and Rambuda (Vhembe District). The main objectives of the project were to get a comprehensive understanding of constraints, challenges, opportunities and interventions required for empowerment of women to promote household food security and rural livelihoods through increased water productivity and land access as they relate to crop cultivation.
Date Published:01/02/2016
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Agricultural Water - Small holder irrigation, Agricultural Water - Rainwater harvesting
Document Keywords:Guidelines, Rural, Society
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Standard
WRC Report No:2082/1/15
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0744-2
Authors:Chitja J; Mthiyane CCN; Mariga IK; Shimelis H; Murugani VG; Morojele PJ; Naidoo K; Aphane OD
Project No:K5/2082
Originator:WRC
Organizations:University of KwaZuIu-Natal
Document Size:3 050 KB
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