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International Women’s Day

The theme for International Women’s Day this year is Equality for women is progress & all. This theme underscores how gender equality, the empowerment of women, and their full enjoyment of human rights and the eradication of poverty are central to economic and social development.

Santa Opio, Global Water Initiative (GWI) "Champion Farmer" collecting cassava in her fields. Subsistence farmers in East Africa are facing huge challenges because of climate variability which means that they often experience a shortage of rainfall in the growing season. They have traditionally relied on rainfall for irrigation, but now need to adopt new techniques to ensure that they can continue to survive and feed their families. Otuke District, Uganda © Andy Johnstone/Wild Dog for GWI EA 2013Women are also vital as agents of development. These are ideas at the heart of our work under GWI East Africa – and in particular through empowering women as Champion Farmers within rural communities. We believe that this is one critical route to achieving poverty reduction and the sustainable management of resources in farming, a key requirement for raising wealth and well being across a broad spectrum of rural communities and unlocking the development potential of communities.

GWI East Africa takes the opportunity of International Women’s Day 2014 to hail the contribution towards regional development made by women farmers in our three focus countries – Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda. Women farmers are central to our advocacy and policy influencing work and form the major focus of our Regional Charter.

During 2014 we will be taking forward the charter’s undertakings across a range of policy environments – pushing hard for increased investment in water for smallholder farmers in this highly rainfall variable corner of the world.

Celebrate by watching our film Harvesting our Futures, which looks at the work we do with our Champion Farmers in Northern Uganda.