East Africa / Ethiopia / Gender / Livestock-Water / Nile Basin / NRM / WLE / Women

Beyond fetching water for livestock: A gendered sustainable livelihood framework to assess livestock water productivity

A sourcebook from the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food, entitled ‘Addressing Water, Food and Poverty Problems Together—Methods, Tools and Lessons’ presents more than 50 articles on how to improve ecological and social resilience. One of the articles looks at ‘A gendered sustainable livelihood framework to assess livestock water productivity‘.

Livestock keeping can be a pathway out of poverty. However, livestock production systems are complex. In this system, men and women have specific roles and responsibilities and are benefiting differently. This system also varies between countries, cultures and ecosystems.

To understand this diversity and the different roles of men and women in livestock production systems, a Gendered Sustainable Livelihood Framework (GSLF) is useful. The framework is based on the Sustainable Livestock Framework (SLF), and includes the assessment of livestock utilization by gender, distribution of inputs and outputs, as well as the governing arrangements for livestock production. Emphasis is put on gendered access and control over productive assets of poor livestock farmers.

Read the sourcebook article ‘Beyond fetching water for livestock: A gendered sustainable livelihood framework to assess livestock water productivity

Read the full sourcebook at: http://waterandfood.org/sourcebook/

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