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Women working in rice fields in
Côte d'Ivoire
Irrigation systems are often used to boost agricultural production in arid areas. But the effects of irrigation can extend beyond the crops that grow in farmers' fields, with potentially unforeseen impacts on health and social practices in rural communities.

This article reports on a study carried out in Côte d'Ivoire, which found that introducing irrigation has increased women's workloads without improving their economic status. This in turn has affected the way that malaria is treated in the community.

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