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New publication: Rural Women and Empowerment Topic Guide

The Rural Women and Empowerment Topic Guide is now published and available at:

It was prepared through the Evidence on Demand information hub (http://www.evidenceondemand.info/homepage.aspx) for DFID livelihood officers, but can be a resource for a wider audience working in rural areas.  There are 5 sections and links to further gender related resources
1.       Empowerment – overview and debates
2.       Supporting empowerment at the policy and programming levels
3.       Waged work and social protection and empowerment
4.       Entrepreneurship, value chains and empowerment
5.       Monitoring, evaluating and assessing impact.

Other Guides on topics such as climate, environment and livelihoods are also available at: http://www.evidenceondemand.info/list-of-topic-guides

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In celebration of International Day of Rural Women: Seven reasons rural women are key to climate adaptation

Originally posted on IFPRI.org: http://www.ifpri.org/blog/un-international-day-rural-women

Source: Akram Ali/CARE Bangladesh Strengthening the Dairy Value Chain (SDVC) project

Source: Akram Ali/CARE Bangladesh Strengthening the Dairy Value Chain (SDVC) project

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:

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