Water Productivity Improvement in Practice

Webinar Series Watering the Margins

WaterPIP Knowledge and Action Network is proud to announce the start of the Webinar Series "Watering the Margins"

Webinar 1: Working with Smallholders and Women Farmers

Agriculture and water management projects attempting to provide earth observation data to farmers often engage exclusively with farmers with large landholdings. Typically, the farmers are men from the dominant class, caste, and ethnic groups. The exclusion of women farmers, smallholders, sharecroppers, and marginal farmers from such programmes deepens the knowledge and resource divide.

Watering the Margins is an effort to engage with questions of equity in the generation and use of earth observation data. It also asks how the knowledge traditions of marginal farming communities can be acknowledged and appreciated in such forms of knowledge exchange.

We invite you to join the first webinar of the Water Productivity in Practice (PIP)- Knowledge and Action Network Project, where activists and researchers working on agriculture and water management discuss their insights and approaches to working with smallholders and women farmers.

The webinar brings together Seema Kulkarni from India, Bancy Mati from Kenya, and Marloes Mul from the Netherlands to share their insights on working with marginalised farmers and discuss the socio-technical challenges to making earth observation data useful for smallholders.

Please join us as we learn and collaborate for a more inclusive farming future. 

  • 9:30 - 9:35: Opening remarks and introduction
  • 9:35 - 10:05: Talk by Seema Kulkarni
  • 10:05 - 10:20: Talk by Bancy Mati
  • 10:20 - 10:35: Talk by Marloes Mul
  • 10:35 - 11:00: Moderated Q&A


Seema Kulkarni is one of the founding members of the Society for Promoting Participative Eco-System Management, Pune (SOPPECOM). She is the National Facilitation Team member of Mahila Kisan Adhikar Manch (MAKAAM) or Forum for Women Farmers Rights (MAKAAM). She is also a core member of the Feminist Policy Collective.

Prof. Bancy Mati is an expert in land and water management, with a special interest in irrigation. She holds a PhD degree in Agricultural Engineering, Food Production and Rural Land Use, from Cranfield University of UK. Currently, Prof. Mati is the Project Lead at AIAP for the WaterPIP-KAN project, where she leads the methodology development and the subsequent identification of vulnerable and marginalized groups (VMGs), for project engagement in Kenya.

Dr. Marloes Mul is an Associate Professor in Water Resources Management at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands, where she currently leads the Water Accounting and Water Productivity team. The team develops different applications from irrigation scheme to river basin level using remote sensing data. Before joining IHE Delft, Marloes was based in the West Africa Office of IWMI in Accra, Ghana.

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