Climate Analogues

How farmers’ gender-based differences hamper climate adaptation

2012-08-23 / Posted by analogues_admin

Autor: Cecilia Schubert

Women in Northern Ghana learn to ride bikes. Photo by Mary Jayne Cassidy

Women in Northern Ghana learn to ride bikes. Photo by Mary Jayne Cassidy (view original)

Women in rural areas in developing countries are not equally vulnerable to climate change. A woman’s resilience to the various impacts of climate change depends on her social status, her access to resources, and involvement in social networks. In some cases, one woman can be more resilient than her neighbour, and even be more resilient than some men in her village.

Women are also not necessarily victims of climate change but can contribute to finding solutions on how to cope with climate change . The same applies for men. But in order to adress the gender-based needs and differences that exist, more information from the ground is required.

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The field research covered three main research priorities for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Climate Change (CCAFS), relating to the climate change, agricultural development and food security ‘nexus’:

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