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Gender and climate change in crop-livestock systems

Farm landscape in central Malawi

Farm landscape in central Malawi (Photo: ILRI/Stevie Mann)


A new short research activity on ‘Gender and climate-risk consideration for research on crop-livestock systems in Africa’ that aims to consolidate and advance current thinking about issues associated with gender and climate change in Africa, and to lay the foundation for research on the development of gender-sensitive regional and local innovation systems in African cropping and livestock systems is being implemented by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Poverty, Gender and Impact Team team over a 6 months period beginning December 2011. The project will be carried out in 9 countries namely, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Burkino Faso.

Did you know:

Studies on the role of gender in climate change adaptation show climate change affects women and men in different ways.

Women are powerful agents of change and their leadership is critical. They have a significant role in dealing with issues such as energy consumption, deforestation, burning of vegetation, population growth, economic growth, developing scientific research and technologies, and policy making, amongst others.

Underpinning project objectives are:

  • To synthesize experience from selected countries in east, southern and western Africa on gender issues related to crop and livestock intensification, and to identify intervention points for more effectively integrating gender considerations into crop-livestock research in the context of climate risk.
  • To develop a framework for better integration of gender considerations in crop-livestock research in the region, including identification of key priority areas for gender research.
  • Develop a plan for further action to integrate gender and climate risk considerations into crop-livestock research and development at national and regional levels for improved food security.

More information can be found in this project brief

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