The State of the Sector: On Gender and Water Access in Africa

“In emerging markets like Sub-Saharan Africa, where over 60% of the population are smallholder farmers, a lack of access to water and irrigation technology is a significant barrier to economic growth–and especially quality of life. But, as we’ll discover today, it’s impossible(and also irresponsible) to consider how we address this barrier without also considering how gender plays a role.” 

In this first-of-its-kind audio insight piece, join us as we explore large-scale barriers like these which many small-holder farmers face. For example, small-holder farmers in Africa are mostly women, some of whom may be spending up to 4 hours a day physically moving gallons of water for productive and domestic purposes. We’ll discuss how designing irrigation technologies that can be used in multiple ways will best serve its end-users.

Listen in below or find us on Spotify, and follow us in LinkedIn for more exciting insights into The State of the Sector. A huge thanks to all the contributors who helped us deepen our understanding of gender, water access, and innovative technologies that are changing lives!

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