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Community-driven Multiple-Use water services (MUS) is proposed as a comprehensive, participatory approach to planning and providing water services that considers people self-supply and their multiple water needs, as identified by communities and co-ordinates across government departments as needed. There are gender differences in the use, access and management of water resources which must be considered in this approach.

Land and gender are intertwined issues, moreso for rural women who use land to generate livelihoods. In sub-Saharan Africa women contribute 50 per cent of the labour force in agriculture. In South Africa statistics indicates that for every 210 women are employed for every 100 men employed on farms. Studying the gender dimension in community water management schemes can provide information on the implication of gender and on gender of community water management schemes

I have arrived in South African for my research in the Sekhukhune District. I will collection data during my time here and at the same time writing up my research paper. I am staying in the property pictured, hosted by the chairperson for the community water management program.

This MScCCAFS student blog will be documenting the research component of my master studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Why CCAFS? Best new postgraduate course 2017 awarded by Higher Education Ireland. The new MSc in Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) provides students with the skills and tools for developing agricultural practices, policies and measures to address the challenge that global warming poses for agriculture and food security worldwide.

Why National University of Ireland, Galway? NUI Galway is one of the oldest, most prestigious universities in Ireland. It's located in the beautiful city of Galway on the west coast of Ireland. NUI Galway is Ireland’s top University for graduate employability with 96% of our graduates employed or in further study within six months of graduating.