French Scientific Committee on Desertification

Comité Scientifique Français de la Désertification

English version of the last CSFD dossier on gender issues in drylands areas

Women’s resource access rights more precarious, under-rated and -valued work, under-representation in decision-making and leadership structures…

Yet women are active in defending their rights and combating desertification, i.e. many are involved in counteracting land degradation or even in its restoration via associations, farmers’ organizations and individual initiatives. Operators and policymakers must now take these women stakeholders into better account, as they are too often overlooked in policies to combat desertification.

Isabelle Droy, socio-economist (IRD) and CSFD member, coordinated this dossier.

A hard copy version is available from CSFD upon request (

The French version is also downloadable here.

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