Women’s vulnerability to risks of changing weather patterns is even greater when they own no assets to hedge against these risks. Speaking on a panel on gender equality at the UN HLPF, Uganda’s Director of Gender and Community Development, Jane S. Mpagi, asserted that “access to, control over and ownership of productive resources such as land and credit” is a central issue in the feminization of poverty. In developing countries, only 10-20 percent of all land owners are women. Lack of female ownership of land, property and technology also translates into restricted access to finance and household decision-making and keeps them from moving in the direction of sustainable agriculture.
To understand where this double disadvantage is most pertinent for women, we compared global data on water stress using WRI's Aqueduct water risk atlas with data on women’s agricultural holdings from FAO.