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Why rural women are integral in the upcoming climate change negotiations

On the UN International Day of Rural Women, Claudia Ringler discusses why rural women are integral in the upcoming climate change negotiations. Read the blog here

New Policy Notes are available

Research carried out under this project is being summarized into a series of Policy Notes. The first notes in this series are now available and more will be added in the coming weeks.

1. Gender, Climate Change, and Group-Based Approaches to Adaptation: PN_2014_GCC_01_web, en français: PN_2014_GCC_01_FR_w

2. Do Shocks Affect Men’s and Women’s Assets Differently? Evidence from Bangladesh and Uganda: PN_2014_GCC_02_web

3. Impact of shocks on gender differentiated asset dynamics in Bangladesh: PN_2014_GCC_03_web

4. Diffusion of Agricultural Technologies within Social Networks: Evidence from Composting in Mali: PN_2014_GCC_04_replaced_web, en français: PN_2014_GCC_04_FR_w

5. The Gender-Differentiated Impact of Climate Variability on Production Possibilities: Evidence from Cereal Production in Mali: PN_2014_GCC_06_web, en français: PN_2014_GCC_06_FR_w

New discussion paper available: “The impact of shocks on gender-differentiated asset dynamics in Bangladesh”

Assets are an important means of coping with adverse events in developing countries but the role of gendered ownership is not yet fully understood. This paper, by Muntaha Rakib and Julia Anna Matz, investigates changes in assets owned by the household head, his spouse, or jointly by both of them in response to shocks in rural agricultural households in Bangladesh with the help of detailed household survey panel data. Land is owned mostly by men, who are wealthier than their spouses with respect to almost all types of assets, but relative ownership varies by type of asset. Controlling for unobserved heterogeneity across households and looking at changes within, rather than between, households, we find that weather shocks such as cyclones adversely affect the asset holdings of household heads in general, while predicted external events lead to assets of both spouses being drawn down. The results, furthermore, suggest that jointly owned assets are not sold in response to shocks, either due to these assets being actively protected or due to the difficulty of agreeing on this coping strategy, and that women’s asset holdings and associated coping strategies are shaped by their lower involvement in agriculture.

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Coming Soon: Gender and Agriculture Dissemination Workshop

Flickr: IFPRI Images

Flickr: IFPRI Images

On Wednesday, June 18th, a full-day dissemination workshop will be held in Dhaka to focus on recent research findings from projects relating to gender and agriculture in Bangladesh. Over the last four years, the International Food Policy Research Institute, with the support of the US Agency for International Development, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the CGIAR Research Program on Policy, Institutions, and Markets, has been conducting research on gender and agriculture in Bangladesh.




Exchanging Perspectives on Gender and Climate Change in Kenya

Marther Ngigi, after presenting a paper at the Gender and Climate Change workshop, 14th May 2014. Photo: T.Mburu/ICRAF

What have we learned about gender and climate change, what do we still need to learn, and how can we make use of this information?

On May 14th, a group of 60 researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from Kenya gathered for a meeting, entitled, Understanding Gender and Climate Change: Perspectives from Practitioners, Researchers, and Policymakers, to discuss these questions based on a series of research presentations from two gendered climate change adaptation projects under the CGIAR Research Programs on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS)  and Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM). read more...

Do we need a gender lens for climate risk management?

Farmers in Mali. Photo: P.Casier/CCAFS

Farmers in Mali. Photo: P.Casier/CCAFS

Variation in agricultural output, due to climatic shocks, is a significant source of risk in agriculture.  It’s also a significant constraint to both agricultural growth and food security. Are men and women affected differently by climate risk? If so, do policies then need to specifically address women’s needs in addition to men’s needs?


New working paper on local perceptions of climate change in Bangladesh

An IFPRI Discussion Paper written by Peter Davis and Snigdha Ali reports on findings from 30 focus group discussions and 30 key informant interviews conducted in 12 districts of Bangladesh in May 2012. This research showed that most respondents are aware of how climate changes are affecting their livelihoods. Participants were particularly concerned that agricultural productivity is being undermined by increased input costs, increasingly scarce irrigation water, and diminished crop yields. Many households are adapting to cope with declining groundwater levels for agriculture and domestic use, hotter weather, reduced and unpredictable rainfall at key times of the year, more intense extreme weather events such as storms, cyclones, floods, and tornados, and increased salinity of groundwater in coastal areas. Adaptation and coping varied according to location, livelihood, and the assets and endowments people have at their disposal.

To download the discussion paper, click here

Video overview of the project by Regina Birner now available

Watch the video overview of the project prepared by project collaborator Regina Birner, Chair of Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development, University of Hohenheim. The video was prepared for an IFPRI outreach event in Brussels, "Partnering for Impact: IFPRI-European Research Collaboration for Improved Food and Nutrition Security," which took place on November 23, 2013.

Upcoming women’s summit in New York to build momentum on climate change

Source: Flickr ( Francesco Fiondella/CGIAR Climate)

From September 20 to 23, more than 100 prominent women’s rights leaders and activists from over 35 countries will gather in New York for the first ever International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit. The purpose of the summit is to build international momentum for increased attention, funding, and action on climate change and to develop a Women’s Climate Action Agenda, which will be presented to the United Nations next week. read more...

Focus on Climate in Africa: two upcoming conferences

Source: IFPRI/Borber Bule

In October 2013, two back-to-back conferences will be held on climate change in Africa, the Africa Climate Conference 2013 and Third conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa. These conferences will provide a unique opportunity for scientists, policymakers and other stakeholders to strengthen the ability of African climate science to support regional climate resilience and adaptation policies and decisions. Details on these conferences are below.

Based on a qualitative study undertaken by this project, Aiveen Donnelly will present her results at the CCDA–III on “Potential for Group-Based Approaches to Enhance Security of Assets for Women to Manage Risk under Climate Change: A Participatory Rural Appraisal in Ethiopia.”