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Title:Do women's gardens hold water? Gender relations and the introduction of irrigation systems at the Ile à Morphil in Senegal
Author:Deuss, MarleenISNI
Series:Occasional paper
City of publisher:Nijmegen
Publisher:Third World Centre/Development Studies, Catholic University of Nijmegen
Geographic term:Senegal
Subjects:gender relations
agricultural projects
rural households
theses (form)
Abstract:In 1977, an irrigation project was started in the Ile à Morphil region, an 'island' situated in the middle valley between the Senegal and the Doué rivers in Senegal. The project started with the construction of small-scale irrigation schemes known as PIVs (périmètre irrigué villageois). In 1991, at the exhortation of a women's group, the first women's PIV was constructed. From November 1992 till June 1993 the author carried out field research in three villages - Cascas, Boki and Belly Thiowy - at the Ile à Morphil. The aim of the research was to gain insight into the complexity of the farming household and its production strategies, and in particular, into the effects of the introduction of irrigation schemes for men's and women's groups on gender relations. This book presents the results. After some information about the theoretical basis of research into gender relations and farming systems, and the research context, the book takes a closer look at households, their production systems and access to land, and examines the sexual division of labour in traditional and irrigated production systems.