Access to irrigation technology underpins easy and reliable water access. However, land ownership is a prerequisite to access water sources and finance to secure irrigation technologies. Yet, exploitative and unequal gender and caste relations determine access to and benefit from productive resources such as land and water.

Less people around the world lack access to basic drinking water service than some years ago - but several countries, especially in Africa, still have a way to go to provide their citizens with safe water access.