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Rural women play a central role in their country’s economy and households. Therefore, drought profoundly interrupts their work and has far-reaching impacts in five areas. Economically, drought affects food, trade, labour and migration. Environmentally, finding alternatives to crops has direct and indirect consequences for land use. Socially, Tichagwa looks at migration to urban areas; female headed households; and exploitation of women in marriage or sex work. In terms of health, women are affected by a lack or, or dirty, water, malnutrition, and reduced access to medical services. Finally, policy makers should look beyond immediate food needs to the empowerment of women, long term solutions to food shortages, and national preparedness.

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