The transplanting of the rice seedlings is done by women, facing work for eight to twelve hours daily.
Photo: © Helvetas


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A study conducted by Helvetas on the gender role in the rice value chain in Pakistan focuses on the question whether water-efficient rice production has effects on women workers.

Inefficient irrigation practices in smallholder farming for cotton and rice are being addressed by a global project under the lead of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in India, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan with innovative approaches. The project, defined as Water Productivity (WAPRO), is based on the insight that the complexity of water productivity in the field cannot be tackled by individual actors. WAPRO is positioned within the Global Programme for Food Security of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and is working with a multi-sectoral group of actors.

In Pakistan, the project aims at enhancing water use efficiency and sustainable food production in the rice value chain in the area of Muridke, District Sheikhupura. Rice Partners Limited (RPL) is a lead private sector partner working first-hand with the farmers and a national supply partner of Mars (owning the rice brand Uncle Ben’s Rice). Mars and RPL jointly aim to steer water efficient production of basmati rice in the Punjab area.

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