Training Guide:

Gender and Climate Change Research in
Agriculture and Food Security for Development

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Rome 2011


Both women and men play a significant role in safeguarding food security, and their respective roles and responsibilities need to be well understood to ensure that men and women benefit  equally from climate-smart agriculture practices. Little research, however, has been undertaken to understand how men and women are adapting to climate change, mitigating emissions and maintaining food security.

As one of many steps toward addressing this gap, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) have developed this training guide “Gender and Climate Change Issues in Agriculture and Food Security Research and Rural Development”.

The Training Guide provides a clear understanding of the concepts related to gender and climate-smart agriculture; describes participatory methods for conducting gender-sensitive research on the impacts of climate change; and offers guidance on different ways of reporting research findings so that they can be properly analysed. Using the guide will ensure that critical information on gender and climate change is collected, allowing researchers and development workers to formulate appropriate gender-sensitive policies and programmes for rural development.

Table of Contents


Part I provides an overview of the importance of understanding climate change and food security issues in a gender-sensitive manner, and offers a range of possible participatory research tools. Part I includes the introduction and modules 1-3.


The introduction provides an overview of the guide, and exercises and tips aimed at training users of the present guide. 


Module 1 explains key gender terms and gender analysis frameworks.


Module 2 builds on module 1 to explain key climate change issues in the agriculture and food security sectors with a gender analysis approach. 


Module 3 is a tool box of participatory research tools that can be used in field research. 



Part II addresses three particular research topics that are priorities of the CCAFS program: climate analogues, weather information and climate-smart agriculture. It also provides important information on how to rigorously implement research tools, use a sampling strategy and think about analysis and reporting on the findings from the beginning of study planning.  Part II includes modules 4-7.


Module 4 provides guidance to users on how field work can be prepared using the concepts of modules 1 and 2. 


Module 5 presents a work plan for carrying out field research on climate analogues, weather information, and climate smart agriculture. 


Module 6 consists of a reporting format for reporting on field research. 

Debriefing Form




Module 7 explains how data generated by the field research can be analysed. 



Annexes (Glossary, Additional Resources, Bibiliography) 


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