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Gender, large-scale development and food insecurity in Lesotho: an analysis of the impact of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project

Gender, large-scale development and food insecurity in Lesotho: an analysis of the impact of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project
11 pages

Authors
Braun, Yvonne A

Editors
Sweetman, Caroline
Smyth, Ines
Journal
Gender & Development Volume 18 Issue 3 Food

Publication date
06 Nov 2010

DOI
10.1080/13552074.2010.522028

Publisher
Oxfam GB
Routledge

Type
Journal article

This article investigates the effects of development policy on gender and food security. It analyses how one policy instituted by a large-scale multi-dam development project, the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), affected women's food security in the rural highlands of Lesotho, southern Africa. This was a mitigation policy, aiming to ensure that the LHWP did not negatively impact on the people living in the area where the dams were constructed. However, ethnographic research suggests that the policy itself reinforced and exacerbated gender inequalities that affected women's ability to secure food, and put women at risk of food insecurity within their households. Once again we see that gender issues must be central to the constitution and implementation of development projects. This article is hosted by our co-publisher Taylor & Francis. For the full table of contents for this and previous issues of this journal, please visit the Gender and Development website.

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