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Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Programme

Gender

The MICCA Programme mainstreams gender in climate-smart agriculture. We produce knowledge products and facilitate an online forum for practitioners. The world’s farmers play a central role in making agriculture both climate-smart and more productive. FAO’s 2011 State of the World Agriculture Report notes that women comprise a large proportion of the agricultural labour force. 

Both men and women working in the agriculture sectors need to understand climate-smart agriculture and its benefits if the practices are to be accepted in the developing world. Benefits include improved productivity, better livelihoods, increased incomes and adaptation options for coping with uncertainty due to the changing climate.

Gender in Climate-Smart Agriculture Module, co-published by the World Bank, FAO and IFAD for the Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook gives evidence of tested practices and innovative approaches to gender mainstreaming in CSA. For further information please go to our Resources section. Understanding the roles, responsibilities and capabilities of both men and women in different cultural settings ensures that both men and women benefit from climate-smart agricultural practices. Methodologies and approaches for research and development planning in this area are needed. As a contribution to addressing this gap, MICCA and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) developed a training guide Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Rural Development. The guide:

  • Provides resources and participatory research tools for collecting, analysing and sharing gender-sensitive information about agricultural communities, households and individuals who are facing climate change
  • Shows inks between socio-economic and gender issues in the context of climate change in the agriculture and food security sectors