Featured originally on IFPRI Blog : UN International Day of Rural Women

by Claudia Ringler, Deputy Director, Environment & Production Technology Division We know more and more about what our planet faces as climate change intensifies and greenhouse gas emissions lead us on a probably irreversible path of global warming and uncertain rainfall patterns, at least for the next four decades. As policymakers prepare foranother round of climate change negotiations in December in Lima, Peru, they are no longer only discussing climate change prevention, or “mitigation.” It is imperative that we also turn our attention to “adaptation”; learning to adapt to climate change now is critical because climate change is affecting livelihoods, particularly in rural areas. Read More

Project: Increasing women’s resilience to climate change

What is the challenge? In recent years there has been considerable attention to "gender and climate change," focusing particularly on the adverse impacts of climate change on women. However, these studies often lack a systematic empirical basis (beyond localized or anecdotal examples); where data are available, they too are often limited to comparison of male-headed and female-headed households. A further weakness is that many studies portray women as victims of climate change, without examining the extent to which women and men can be proactive in adapting to the adverse consequences of climate change or mitigating climate change. This study aims to address these oversights. The study will also provide information on the awareness and adoption of "Climate-Smart Agriculture practices" by men and women.

New analysis suggests gender differences in how farmers adapt to climate-smart agriculture

By Timothy Mburu, CCAFS

A recent gender-focused study conducted in baseline sites in East Africa reveals some interesting results related to how men and women farmers access climate-information and are adopting climate-smart practices and strategies.

Joash Mango, a researcher with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and Edith Ampaire, researcher with the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) recently presented initial findings from their recently conducted gender-focused household survey.

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How to better support women wanting to adopt climate-smart agriculture practices?

By Timothy Mburu

At a recently held workshop new findings related to gender roles and responsibilities among farmers were discussed and disclosed.

The recent changes in climate is also changing gender roles among farmers, says Marther Ngigi, who was presenting preliminary findings from her PhD thesis at a gender workshop in Nairobi, Kenya a few weeks back. The workshop was organised by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

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