During the Decade of Women, the UN agencies developed women's programmes concerning water and sanitation use in order to move from the Decade of Women into the Decade of Water, thus maintaining a continuing stress on local village development.
The UN Food and Agricultural Organization emphasizes the importance of women in development. It seeks to improve women's access to credit, land, agricultural inputs and training, while encouraging governments to adopt appropriate measures to expand women's opportunities and protect their rights.
A project in the Sudan has successfully involved women in forestry work. Village men requesting a windbreak project planned a nursery and other forestry activities. The men were then asked to identify women leaders, who, working with trained local women extension workers, established nurseries within their compounds and planted trees around their homes. Some groups have also planted and managed woodlots near their villages.
2. No matter how deeply felt the issue or how oppressed the sufferers, strategies which bring solutions to local problems from outside are not often effective.