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This resource guide aims to inform practitioners and policy makers of the linkages between gender equality and climate change and their importance in relation to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. It makes the case for why it is necessary to include women’s voices, needs and expertise in climate change policy and programming, and demonstrates how women’s contributions can strengthen the effectiveness of climate change measures.
Global debates identify the need to mainstream gender into climate change analysis, in relation to risk analysis, perceptions of vulnerability, experiences and coping mechanisms. The justification for this is that gender often dictates who gains and who loses in environmental disasters. Climate change is impacting populations and ecosystems around the world, but people with the fewest resources are most susceptible - particularly women, the majority of the world's poor.
The new resource kit developed by WEDO (Women’s Environment & Development Organization) and UNFPA (The United Nations Population Fund) is focusing again on the topic of women and climate change. The Climate Change Toolkit features a series of articles including an overview about women and climate change, policy that supports gender equality, and financing that makes a difference, among others.
Women form a disproportionately large share of the poor in countries all over the world. Women in rural areas in developing countries are highly dependent on local natural resources for their livelihood, because of their responsibility to secure water, food and energy for cooking and heating. The effects of climate change, including drought, uncertain rainfall and deforestation, make it harder to secure these resources. By comparison with men in poor countries, women face historical disadvantages, which include limited access to decision-making and economic assets that compound the challenges...
The PRGA Program has launched a new initiative focused on mitigation efforts to adapt breeding techniques to the effects of climate change.
Developing countries will be hit the hardest by climate change, particularly countries which depend largely on rain-fed agriculture. Climate change affects changes in plant growth and in production by promoting the spread of pest and diseases, increased exposure to heat stress, changes in rainfall patterns, greater leaching of nutrients from the soil during intense rains, greater erosion due to stronger winds and more wildfires in drier regions.
Climate change has emerged as the most serious issue to affect the world. However, its disproportionate impact can be most felt in already marginalised sectors. One of them is agriculture. This is the case even though small scale farmers have contributed comparatively little to the greenhouse gases that choke the Earth’s atmosphere.
In 2006, 25 African countries required food aid, largely due to recurring drought. Poverty and food insecurity are linked to low agricultural productivity aggravated by climate change and variability. A key challenge for decision makers, policy makers, and development partners is to understand the strategies adopted by farmers and other stakeholders in their efforts to address climate change-induced water stress. Smallholder farmers are the most vulnerable to climate change, and they have no alternative but to adapt their livelihood systems to changing climatic conditions.
Over the past six decades world agriculture has become considerably more efficient. Improvements in production systems and crop and livestock breeding programmes have resulted in a doubling of food production while increasing the amount of agricultural land by just 10 percent. However, climate change is expected to exacerbate the existing challenges faced by agriculture. The purpose of this paper is to highlight that food security and climate change are closely linked in the agriculture sector and that key opportunities exist to transform the sector towards climate-smart systems that address...
This case study on proven methods and practices by women in arid areas of India provides lessons for more immediate and sustainable alternatives. The study is particularly relevant for highly populous and arid countries like India and China with emerging economies.