Equal Access in Agriculture: Closing the Gap

Here are a couple of resources I have received leading up to the learning event on Gender and Agriculture put on by FAO during the next few weeks.

The first is their definition of Climate Smart Agriculture:

What’s Climate-Smart Agriculture?

“Climate-smart agriculture (CSA), contributes to the achievement of sustainable development goals. It integrates the three dimensions of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental) by jointly addressing food security and climate challenges. It is composed of three main pillars:

1. sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes;

2. adapting and building resilience to climate change;

3. reducing and/or removing greenhouse gases emissions, where possible.

CSA is not a single specific agricultural technology or practice that can be universally applied. It is an approach that requires site-specific assessments to identify suitable agricultural production technologies and practices.”

There is more information in the  English version / French version / Spanish version of the Executive Summary of the “Climate Smart Agriculture Sourcebook”, and at www.fao.org/climatechange/climatesmart.


Gap in Agriculture

And the third is a succinct video on the gender gap in agriculture in the developing world.


There will be lots more to come, so this is just a small taste of all the resources available. Stay tuned!

Women in Climate Smart Agriculture

It is time to revisit Climate Smart Agriculture. I wrote about it a while ago, praising its goals and reaffirming the need for it and its principles as goals we have had for quite some time. I didn’t love the name, but it’s growing on me. Since then, I have seen more and more reports on it, and understand the distinction between “Climate Smart” and “sustainable” agriculture. I have specially noticed the initiatives engaging women in Climate Smart Agriculture, and will be participating in an online workshop “Gender and Climate Smart Agriculture” from January 30- mid February, organized by FAO.

Why women? Because climate change threatens to affect women more severely than men across the board in the developing world, where females make up 43% of the agricultural labor force (FAOSTAT). Women have less access to credit, education, and land, all of which can help farmers adapt to the changing climate. If women are not given the same opportunity to adapt, we will be in big trouble.

Farming First has a fantastic infographic entitled “The Female Face of Farming”. It covers three questions:

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A few things become clear from their figures. First, women play an imperative role in agriculture in the developing world, where food security is an increasingly more serious concern. Second, women do not have access to the same resources as men, and this needs to change if we want communities to become more resilient and knowledgeable. And finally, when given the opportunity and the resources, rural women can have a huge positive impact on the future of their communities by investing in the wellbeing of children:

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So let’s invest in agriculture education and opportunities for all, keeping in mind the need to improve the access women have to a food-secure, knowledge, asset, and equality rich future. I look forward to the learning event, and am eager to share what I learn in the weeks to come!