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!


4 thoughts on “Women in Climate Smart Agriculture

  1. Hi Danuuribe, the second image in your post had me speechless for a moment. The disparity in funding is huge yet the thought that they both can have the same effect makes me wonder why more governments are not supporting women in agriculture. Hope my country will one day development a gender policy that will assist in areas like this until then women in agriculture will have to knock down the obstacles one by one. I look forwarded reading what you learn from the event.

    • Hi Enricka,
      The disparity in resources is indeed quite astounding. I just posted a video that shows us how closing the gap between men and women in agriculture could lift over 150 million people out of hunger. Seems like a pretty great investment!
      I’ve enjoyed browsing through your blog and look forward to learning from you.

      • I will have a look at the video you posted. I must say I am pleased that you enjoyed the articles you saw on my blog. We shall both learn from each other and hopefully our combined knowledge would help change the way others see agriculture.

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