IFAD Forum Promotes Capacity-Building on Climate Change, Land and Gender

26 October 2013. In an attempt to link knowledge to action for the promotion of effective actions on climate change, land and gender at the local level, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) organized the East and Southern Africa Regional Knowledge Management and Capacity Building Forum from 16-18 October 2013, in Nairobi, Kenya. 

More than 30 development practitioners from across the East and Southern Africa region gathered to look at the linkages between climate change, land tenure and gender empowerment. Over the three-day forum, IFAD country and project staff and partners from World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) heard about best practices and existing tools and instruments across all three areas. 

In addition to looking at the cross-cutting thematic areas, IFAD’s regional team in East and Southern Africa hosted this forum to provide an opportunity to discuss the design and implementation of the Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) among the country teams from Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda.

 “As much as we must link gender, land and climate change when designing programmes, we have to unbundle these policy issues in order to move forward quickly where we can make dreams come true”, said Mr. Périn Saint-Ange, IFAD’s Director of East and Southern Africa at the opening of the forum.

During the event, participants described the need to increase access to land and better integrate climate change and gender into IFAD programming. IFAD staff back at Rome headquarters were able to participate through video conferencing. IFAD-Rome outlined investments in integrating climate change into programme cycles through the ASAP.

On the last day, workshop participants played the "River Climate Game" developed by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. Following the instructions of a game-master, they divided themselves into two “villages” across a “river” and made choices about crop planting and the adoption of new technologies. The game emphasized the importance of adapting strategies to be responsive to gender, land and climate change contexts.


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