Gender in Climate-Smart Agriculture: new module launched at CFS

“Gender in Climate-Smart Agriculture,” the latest module of the Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook, was launched today during a side event of the 42nd session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome. The publication provides comprehensive guid

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Based on recent research, evidence and experiences with CSA, the new module features good practices, innovative approaches, tools and technologies to help ensure that men and women benefit equally from CSA interventions and investments. It is aimed at a wide range of development practitioners, decision makers and other stakeholders in government, civil society and the private sector.

Climate-Smart Agriculture and Gender

The climate-smart approach to agriculture aims to sustainably increase agricultural productivity to support equitable increases in farm incomes, food security and development; adapt and build resilience of agricultural and food security systems to climate change at multiple levels; and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture (including crops, livestock and fisheries) wherever possible.

Recognizing that climate change affects men and women differently, and responding to their specific needs and priorities is crucial to the effectiveness and sustainability of CSA interventions. Integrating gender in CSA ensures that both men and women can benefit equally and effectively, and that both adopt climate-smart practices to reduce vulnerability and strengthen resilience to climate change.


The module features an overview of the CSA approach and the importance of gender in CSA, particularly with respect to major issues in investment, policy implications and institutional linkages. A series of Thematic Notes explore good practices, successes and lessons learned from effective gender-responsive CSA projects, programmes and investments across five thematic areas: innovative technologies, landscape approaches, monitoring and evaluation, household and community-driven development and institutions. Lastly, three Innovative Activity Profiles showcase specific aspects of recent projects and activities that may be considered for adaptation, replication and scaling up.

Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook

Developed by the World Bank, FAO and IFAD, the Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook aims to guide practitioners and technical staff in addressing gender issues and integrating gender-responsive actions in the design and implementation of agricultural projects, programmes and strategies. It provides practical advice, guidelines, principles, and descriptions and illustrations of approaches that have worked so far to achieve effective gender mainstreaming in the agricultural operations of development agencies.

Modules are based on themes of cross-cutting importance for agriculture and rural development with strong gender dimensions, such as policy and governance, agricultural innovation and education, food security, product and input markets, rural finance, rural infrastructure, water, land, labor, natural resource management and crises and specific subsectors in agriculture (crops, livestock, forestry, and fisheries).


The module was launched during the CFS side event on “Climate-smart agriculture and gender – evidence for equitable, food secure and sustainable agriculture,” organized by the World Bank,  the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and FAO.

The side event, which brought together stakeholders from international financing institutions, civil society and the UN, featured a panel discussion on lessons learned and good practices in the context of gender in CSA. It also discussed practical and policy considerations for the future of gender-responsive CSA to enhance equality and food and nutrition security.

Click here to download the module “Gender in Climate-Smart Agriculture.”


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