FAO has launched a new e-learning course to help policy-makers and agricultural planners develop gender-responsive policies and programmes for food and nutrition security. The total curriculum consists of 14 lessons, ranging from approximately 10 to 80 minutes duration, and takes 13 hours to complete in its entirety.
After much anticipation, the Gender and Inclusion Toolbox: Participatory Research in Climate Change and Agriculture, presenting gender-sensitive and socially inclusive participatory action research methods, was finally launched yesterday in Nairobi via a well-attended live-streamed event!
The launch coincided with the International Day of Rural Women to emphasize the need for more relevant, gender-responsive methods and tools for the development and research community.
The Gender and Inclusion Toolbox: Participatory Research in Climate Change and Agriculture (PDF) is the result of a long-term partnership between the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), and CARE International.
Explore the Toolbox while watching the recording from yesterday’s live-streamed launch here: New toolbox for gender and inclusion in climate change projects – http://ow.ly/CQoHn
Originally posted on IFPRI.org: http://www.ifpri.org/blog/un-international-day-rural-women
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 for another 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.
Growing evidence suggests that men and women experience climate change impacts differently and have different needs for adaptation. Thus, to respond effectively to people’s needs and leverage their strengths and contributions, we must pay close attention to gender-based differences and embed them into the design of climate change policies and programs.
In my recent research, we found that too many institutions responsible for leading adaptation efforts in developing countries have no way of tracking whether men and women experience and deal with climate change differently. For example, three-quarters of development agencies in Ethiopia do not collect, analyze, or report gender-disaggregated data. Collecting data only at the household level, they operate under the assumption that all household resources are shared equally, that all decisions are taken jointly, and that all household members benefit.
As we look forward to the UN International Day of Rural Women on October 15th, I want to emphasize why we need to specifically target rural women in our efforts to adapt to climate change:
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now inviting applications for three new Grand Challenges, including one related to gender and development:
Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development – focusing on a rigorous understanding of women’s and girls’ needs and preferences and gender inequalities and supporting new approaches to promote women’s and girls’ empowerment that will enhance the ability to achieve multiple health and development goals.
Melinda Gates says in the press release for the new Grand Challenges:
“We know how critical women and girls are to the health and economic prosperity of their families and communities, but we don’t have all the answers yet [...] Over the last decade, Grand Challenges has demonstrated that when we partner together and think in bold ways about possible solutions, we get that much closer to every person realizing their full potential. I am excited by the incredible opportunities that lie ahead with these new challenges.”
Applications for the new challenges will be accepted beginning on Nov. 4, 2014.
More information on the Grand Challenges grant opportunities here.
On Wednesday, October 15, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) and the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) will organize a special event launching the Gender & Inclusion Toolbox: Participatory Research in Climate Change & Agriculture.
The Gender and Inclusion Toolbox is a participatory methodology guide on how to create socially differentiated research for climate adaptation and mitigation projects.
The event is being live-streamed to a global audience from 10:00am-12:00pm East Africa Time (8:00am-9:00am UK time) to coincide with the UN International Day of Rural Women. There will be opportunities to ask questions via online chat using #gendertoolbox during the seminar.
Learn more at the launch website here.
The Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project (GAAP) Gender & Assets toolkit, originally created in February 2012, has been updated to include case studies from each of the portfolio projects, a new section on key “lessons learned”, and links to the tools used in each project.
The new version of the toolkit can be found here.
Individual case studies can also be read here.
Learn more about the GAAP project here.
Marlène Elias, Gender Specialist, Bioversity International & CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, shares a case study in Burkina Faso on gender and landscape restoration with IUCN. She writes:
The shea tree is a prime example of how considerations of gender may be vitally important for the success of landscape restoration efforts. Gendered experiences and expertise shape the planting, care, management and stewardship of the species, giving rise to great woodland landscapes like Africa’s savannas.
Describing women’s specialized knowledge of the shea tree, its care, use, and properties and how different groups value different characteristics of the tree, Marlène notes that landscapes are more than the product of climate, soil, and water. This case study demonstrates the importance of involving women, their knowledge and preferences, in landscape restoration efforts.