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Literature Review: Gender-differentiated Impacts of Climate Change on Assets

2012 October
by naberman

Climate change increasingly affects the livelihoods of people, and poor people experience especially negative impacts

Ethiopian man and girl sorting tomatoes

Source: Stephan Bachenheimer/ World Bank

given their lack of capacity to prepare for and cope with the effects of a changing climate. Among poor people, women and men may experience these impacts differently. As one of the early outputs of this project, this literature review, "Review of the Gender-differentiated Impacts of Climate Change on Women’s and Men’s Assets and Well-being in Developing Countries," by Amelia Goh, presents and tests two hypotheses on the gender-differentiated impacts of climate change on women and men in developing countries. The first hypothesis is that climate-related events affect men’s and women’s well-being and assets differently. The second hypothesis is that climate-related shocks affect women more negatively than men.

With limited evidence from developing countries, this review shows that climate change affects women’s and men’s assets and well-being differently in six impact areas: (i) impacts related to agricultural production, (ii) food security, (iii) health, (iv) water and energy resources, (v) climate-induced migration and conflict, and (vi) climate-related natural disasters. In the literature reviewed, women seem to suffer more negative impacts of climate change in terms of their assets and well-being because of social and cultural norms regarding gender roles and their lack of access to and control of assets, although there are some exceptions.

Access this CAPRi Discussion Paper here