Gender, Agriculture and Climate Change (GACC)
Although climate change affects everyone, women and socially disadvantaged groups are the most vulnerable due to higher sensitivity and lower adaptive capacity. Besides, the impact of climate change in agriculture is more important to women because of their increased role in agriculture caused by male outmigration. Therefore, the issues of climate change adaptation, agriculture development and gender mainstreaming are tightly interwoven.
The Government of Nepal has developed several policies, strategies and plans to respond to climate change, support agricultural development and promote gender equality. However, these policies have not sufficiently addressed the interlinkage between climate change, gender and agriculture, and is rarely reflected in policy discourse. Therefore, there is a need for systematic investigation of the linkage between these three issues and develop an integrated analytical framework highlighting their nexus in case of Nepal. In addition, various capacity building activities focus on the capacity building of the policy makers in a bureaucratic system. Though the lawmakers i.e. members of parliament (MPs) in Nepal play an important role in revision, refinement and approval of policies, plans and resource allocations, they do not get adequate attention.
To address the issue, LI-BIRD is implementing a project titled ‘Enhancing awareness and capacity of women leaders and policy makers on gender, agriculture and climate change to facilitate change’ with the financial support from Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). The main goal of the project is to enhance knowledge of women MPs, high-level government officials and policy makers on the issues of climate change, agriculture, right to food and gender equality. The main tenet is that once they become aware, they can rightly enshrine appropriate issues in new or to-be-revised policies and enforce implementation of those policies.
The specific objectives of the project are:
- to review existing policies and document good practices to develop knowledge products for raising awareness on gender, agriculture and climate change
- to raise awareness of women parliamentarians and high-level government women officials and local representatives on gender, agriculture and climate change
- to provide evidence-based inputs to relevant policies on gender, agriculture and climate change to make them grounded and conducive to women farmers and their families.