Women need greater say in dealing with drought – officials
AlertNet, 8 August 2011

LONDON, UK: A lack of women in policymaking is worsening the impact of the Horn of Africa drought, UN and aid agency officials say. Henia Dakkak, a Somalia researcher for the UN Population Fund believes drought-stricken regions could boost crop production 20 percent if women had more authority of land use because “women are often guardians of traditional knowledge of seed varieties and crops that can be grown in less than ideal climatic conditions.” More effort needs to be put into consulting women and using their specific environmental knowledge to improve agricultural and nutrition programmes, Dakkak said. Read the article …