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A plot of one's own
Gender relations and irrigated land allocation policies in Burkina Faso
This report presents the findings of a case study carried out in the Dakiri irrigation system in Burkina Faso in 1995. This study explored the effects of the allocation of plots to both men and women, by comparing the households in which only men are plot-holders with those in which both men and women have access to irrigated plots. The findings of the study in Dakiri show that both the productivity of land and the productivity of labor are higher in irrigation systems where both men and women have plots. Income of women increases sharply, while the proportion of labor contributed by women to men's plots is virtually the same.