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New research and training materials on Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Rural Development

Esther Onyango

Climate change does not affect everyone in the same way. Men and women are affected differently. Their responses to the impacts of climate change also differ, especially when it comes to safeguarding their food security and livelihoods. Although women are important food producers and providers, they have limited access to and control of resources, on the one hand. On the other hand, because of their central role in agriculture, women are great agents of social change. In fact, the FAO State of Food and Agriculture 2010-11 estimates that more than 100 million people could be lifted out of poverty if women had the same access to and control of resources as men. Therefore, responses to climate change in agriculture must be gender-specific. Initiatives need to ensure that women are included in climate change mitigation and adaptation activities and strategies designed to enhance food security and livelihoods. To date, however, there has been little focus on how men and women mitigate risks and adapt to challenges brought about by climate change.


Marja-Liisa Tapio-Bistrom

Senior Officer, Climate, Energy and Tenure division, FAO

Yianna Lambrou

Senior Officer, Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division, FAO

Patti Kristjanson

Theme Leader, Linking Knowledge with Action, CCAFS

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