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A gender performance indicator for irrigation
Concepts, tools and applications
Although gender is a priority on the agendas of irrigation stakeholders, the gap between positive intentions and concrete action is still considerable. An hitherto ignored cause for this gap lies in the lack if adequate conceptualization and methodological tools that provide the insights that policy makers and change agents need. The challenges to improve the current body of knowledge on gender and irrigation are diverse. These challenges incited IWMI to develop a Gender Performance Indicator for Irrigation. This generic analytical tool answers the question whether irrigation institutions in a particular irrigation scheme are gender-inclusive and, if not, what irrigation agencies themselves can do to affect change. The tool also identifies gender issues that are rooted in the agrarian structure of a society.