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    Gender, water and agriculture
    Assessing the nexus in Palestine
    2023
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    Gender inequality in Palestine has contributed to the marginalization of women from access and control over available resources including water. This inequality has been entrenched through legal, political and social systems. Palestine’s Gender-Responsive Water Assessment was carried out in the West Bank in 2021 by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA)- Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) as part of the “Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Water Efficiency, Productivity and Water Sustainability in NENA [North East and North Africa] Countries (GCP/RNE/009/SWE)” project. The project had recommended gender-responsive water assessments to evaluate the relative situation of women and men in different communities regarding water access, governance and use in the countries targeted by the interventions. The aim of the assessment was to outline areas where future investments and programme interventions in water and agriculture would be needed to support progress towards gender equality and sustainable water resource management in a synergistic way. In addition to a review of the existing literature, the study gathered information at the field level, assessing five local communities in the northern West Bank.
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    Water Productivity Baseline Survey - Main Findings from Palestine 2022
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    Water scarcity is a major challenge in many countries, and in Palestine in particular, thereby threatening agricultural production, food security, and the livelihood of rural communities. With the multiplying effect of climate change, it is anticipated that the problem of water shortage in Palestine will increase in the future, especially because of the increasing demand for water resources and the lack of sovereignty on natural resources. During the seventies to nineties of the last century, the agricultural sector was the main user of freshwater resources and the contribution of this sector to GDP was around 30 percent. Unfortunately, it dropped to around 7.36 percent in 2018, due to the several political, technical and financial obstacles. Against this backdrop, Palestine needs to focus on increasing agricultural production with progressive less water availability, i.e., increasing Water Productivity. This flyer summarizes the background, mthodology, results and key recommendations of the water Productivity baseline study and farmer survey assessment done in Palestine under the Water Efficiency, Productivity and Sustainability regional project.
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    Gender, water and agriculture
    Assessing the nexus in Egypt
    2022
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    The economic contribution of women to agricultural and irrigation activities and to the livelihoods, well-being and food security of families and communities is often unrecognized, invisible and mostly undervalued. Moreover, the role of women in fetching, preserving and managing productive and non-productive water often goes unrecognized and understudied. Hence, this assessment aims to shed light on the different contributions and benefits of women and men in relation to agricultural roles, responsibilities and resources, focusing mainly on productive agricultural resources, including water, to inform more efficient, equitable and gender-responsive programmes in the future.

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