Women and girls especially in rural settings have limited opportunities to access skills, education, assets and other resources necessary to strengthen their economic status. TEWDI Uganda through the horticulture innovation Lab research program works closely with women smallholder farmers who are often excluded from irrigation and marketing developments and other partners to develop protocols for integrating women into small-scale irrigation scheme design and planning.
The Horticulture Innovation Lab funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the Feed the Future initiative and led by the University of California, Davis.”builds international partnerships for fruit and vegetable research that improves livelihoods in developing countries like Uganda. The research program aims at releasing horticulture irrigation innovations that will be tested at five innovation sites over three field seasons in Eastern Uganda. This will eventually create a frame work for local public and private sector organizations to develop small scale irrigation systems for dry season fruit and vegetable production for women and small holder farmers in Eastern Uganda.
TEWDI Uganda approach involves organizing women smallholder farmers to gain knowledge and skills on climate-resilient sustainable agriculture, overcome the ongoing barriers to women’s participation and design of implementation process and building their capacity to make their demands heard by decision makers. Ultimately, improving women smallholder farmers’ agriculture, and poverty reduction.