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Gender equality in climate-smart agriculture

This report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and international humanitarian agency CARE provides advice, tools and successful examples on integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment into programmes on climate-smart agriculture.

Some of the principles set out by the report are:

  • Climate risks depend highly on local context, so gender, social status, wealth, religion, natural resources, etc. should all be considered.
  • A holistic response to climate risks should consider the underlying drivers of vulnerability, gender inequalities or poor governance.
  • People of different genders often respond to and cope with disasters in different ways, so programmes for the reduction of disaster risk should reflect these different realities and ensure the participation of women.

Read the full report, Good practices for integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment in climate-smart agriculture programmes, here. See also the video Gender in Agriculture and Rural Development in the Foodsource video library.

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