Training Guide for Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Rural Development
Together, both women and men play a significant role in safeguarding food security. It is important to understand their respective roles and responsibilities to ensure that they benefit equally from climate-smart agriculture practices. However, insufficient research has been undertaken to understand how they are adapting to climate change, mitigating emissions and maintaining food security. To address the gap, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security have jointly come up with this training guide. Its purpose is to promote gender-responsive and socially-sensitive climate change research and development in the agriculture and food security sectors through participatory approaches. It provides users with resources and tools for collecting, analysing and sharing gender-sensitive information about agricultural communities, households and individual household members who are facing climatic changes. It is intended for agricultural development professionals using field-based research in their work with households and communities to respond to the impacts of climate change, prepare for future climate risks and impacts of climate change or modify agricultural practices to reduce contributions to climate change.
The objectives of the guide are to:
- Sensitise users to the links between socio-economic and gender issues in the context of climate change in the agriculture and food security sectors
- Develop the capacity of users to utilize Participatory Action Research (PAR) tools in gathering socio-economic and gender-sensitive information for climate change research and development
- Help users understand how to analyse field research outputs in a field research setting
- Apply knowledge gained beyond research to promote gender-sensitive adaptation and mitigation activities in agriculture.