Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Rural Development – Training Guide

The Guide provides users with resources and participatory action research tools for collecting, analysing and sharing gender-sensitive information about agricultural communities, households and individuals who are facing climate changes.

The Training Guide: Download in English, French and Spanish



Why this guide?

  • To show links between socio-economic and gender issues in the context of climate change in the agriculture and food security sectors
  • To address the lack of information on how men and women adapt to and mitigate climate change;
  • To describe what tools for participatory rural research can be used in gathering information on the interlinkages between gender and food security in a changing climate;
  • To promote gender-sensitive adaptation and mitigation activities in agriculture.

Why the topic?

  • There is not enough information on how gender shapes people’s abilities to adapt to and mitigate climate change in rural communities.
  • A gender-sensitive approach to responding to climate change in agriculture is crucial to ensure that all people receive adequate support.

A new infographic Equal access to resources and power for food security in the face of climate change available for download here . The infographic provides the analytical framework used in the training guide for understanding the interconnectedness between gender, food security; access to and control over decision making and assets; and adaptation to and mitigation of climate change.

Bibliography of the data on the infographic

FAO, 2010. The State of Food and Agriculture 2010-2011 Women in Agriculture, Closing the Gender Gap. Rome, Italy.
FAO. 2013. Key facts: Men and women in agriculture: closing the gap.
ICRW, 2008. Women, Food Security and agriculture in a global marketplace.
IFAD, 2011. Women and rural development. Rome, Italy.
IUCN, 2012. Linking Gender and Climate Change.
Neumayer and Plümper, 2007. The gendered nature of natural disasters: the impact of catastrophic events on the gender gap in life expectancy, 1981–2002. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 97 (3). pp. 551-566.
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs “The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics” (2010) page viii.
UNWomen, 2012. Access to clean energy critical for rural women.
USAID, 2005. Enhancing Women’s Access to Markets: An Overview of Donor Programs and Best Practices.
Women for Climate Justice, 2010. “In Retrospect: Gender in COP15.
World Bank, 2009. Agriculture and Rural Development: Gender in Agriculture Source Book, page 455.

last updated:  Thursday, August 7, 2014