Women are primarily responsible for collecting, transporting, and managing water at the household level. They have a major role in food production (growing crops and rearing livestock) and are custodians of knowledge of traditional crop varieties. Yet they have little or no power to make decisions about food or water resources. Ensuring gender equality and social inclusion in food, water, and energy-related decisions is one of our key priorities.
Another ongoing research in the Hunza district of Pakistan aims to understand the impacts of collective farming on women’s empowerment and how water–energy–food security is affected by structural inequalities. The study explores how resources are allocated for farming, and how decisions are made with regard to water, fertilizers, choice of crops, and marketing of agricultural.