FAO Launches New Training Materials on Climate, Gender and Food Security for Agricultural Development Professionals

The roles, responsibilities and capabilities of both men and women need to be well understood to ensure effective adaptation to climate change, mitigation and food security. To support researching and catalyzing gender-sensitive, climate-smart agricultural practices, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launched a training guide titled Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Rural Development. The manual has been developed in collaboration with The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) and has been tested in Bangladesh, Uganda, and Ghana.

The manual sets out to provide agricultural development professionals with resources and participatory action research tools for collecting, analyzing and sharing gender-sensitive information about agricultural communities, households and individuals who are facing climate changes. This will for instance sensitize users to the links of socio-economic and gender issues in the context of climate change in the agriculture and food security sectors.

Participatory approaches, sampling strategies, reporting and analysis approaches are provided. The guide also applies knowledge gained beyond research to promote gender-sensitive adaptation and mitigation activities in agriculture. It includes modules that can be added and modified according to future research teams’ study objectives and questions.

For further information please contact micca@fao.org or visit: http://www.fao.org/climatechange/micca/gender/en/.

Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Rural Development: http://www.fao.org/docrep/015/md280e/md280e.pdf.

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