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Op-ed by Claudia Ringler on climate change and rural women in Outreach magazine

2014 December
by ebryan

Roadside market in EthiopiaCOP 20: Climate Change Negotiators Must Consider the Role of Rural Women

By Claudia Ringler, Deputy Division Director, IFPRI

As smallholder farmers in many parts of the world, women play a crucial role in food production. Yet they are the least equipped to adapt their farming practices to climate change. The reason? They have less access and control than men over key assets, such as capital, agricultural information and training, farm inputs, and other resources related to agricultural production. This week, as world leaders gather in Peru to participate in the climate change negotiations, it is imperative that we turn our attention to rural women and focus on policies that increase their ability to cope with climate change.

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