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  • Smallholder conservation agriculture: Rationale for IFAD involvement and relevance to the East and Southern Africa region (2014)
    English
  • Lightening the load: Labour saving technologies for rural women (2010)
    English
  • Gender and desertification: Expanding roles for women to restore drylands (2011)
    In addition to caring for their families, women across the developing world spend considerable proportions of their time and energy using and preserving land for the production of food and fuel and to generate income for their families and communities. These activities include crop production, growing fruits and vegetables, raising small livestock, tending trees, processing products for food and markets, and managing and collecting water and fuel. Women are usually responsible for the plots in which food crops are grown, while men are responsible for the plots on which cash crops are grown. The latter account for a major part of the threat of soil nutrient depletion and desertification
    English
  • Linking land and water governance factsheet (2006)
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  • Weather Index-based Insurance in agricultural development: a technical guide (2011) 
    English
  • Managing weather risk for agricultural development and disaster risk reduction (2006)
    English
  • The potential for scale and sustainability in weather index insurance for agriculture and rural livelihoods (2010)
    Extreme weather events and natural disasters such as drought or floods can have a devastating impact on food security as well as the social and economic development of rural households. In recent years, an increasing number of initiatives have tested weather index-based insurance to help manage these risks in agriculture. Building on the experience of the IFAD-WFP Weather Risk Management Facility (WRMF) and the analysis of 37 index insurance programmes around the world, this paper identifies eight key principles to help weather index-based insurance reach scale and sustainability. It also includes nine case studies on index insurance programmes and outlines how donors and governments can support the sector. 
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  • Creating pathways out of poverty in rural areas: Managing weather risk with index insurance (2008)
    English
  • Gender and water: securing water for improved rural livelihoods - the multiple-uses system approach
    Gender and water examines the impact of water-related projects on women, women's role in managing water resources and the constraints women face in gaining access to water.It presents lessons learned in promoting women's participation in decision-making for water management using experiences from several IFAD-supported water programmes and projects. It highlights the innovative activities and catalysts that have helped to address gender issues in water programmes and projects. And it offers recommendations on how to improve women's access to water resources through equitable development and gender mainstreaming.
  • Mishqui-Yacu, Sweet water  
    This book is about the struggle for and peace brought by water to the Cañari indigenous population in Ecuador. It is a simple and open account of the difficulties that the Upper Basin of the Cañar River Rural Development Project went through. It started out as a highly technical project, ignoring the history and concerns of communities that should have been the leading actors in project formulation. It is also the story of the great efforts made to remedy the shortcomings of the initial formulation by helping people organize themselves, gain a voice and obtain methods, tools and instruments useful in providing a living for themselves and their families.
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