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Objectives & Overview

The "Enhancing Women's Assets to Manage Risk under Climate Change: Potential for Group-Based Approaches" project explores ways to contribute to poverty reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia (especially Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Mali) through helping poor women farmers and pastoralists manage risks and adapt to climate change as a result of more effective programs to protect or strengthen women’s control over critical assets, including natural and social capital, and/or increased returns to those assets. The project is supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany and is undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM).

The project has 4 main objectives each of which is composed of a number of research activities.  Each objective and corresponding activities are described below.  

Objective 1: Enhanced understanding of how men and women and their respective control over assets are affected by climate variability and change

  • 1.1 Literature review of differential impacts of climate change by gender, and insights of how impacts are mediated by assets
  • 1.2 Econometric analysis of existing data sets for Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Mali; collection of supplementary data if needed to ensure comparability across case study sites; and
  • 1.3 Qualitative study to obtain, “in their own words” men’s and women’s perceptions of how they are being affected by climate change and how they respond
  • Target groups: Government agencies, donors, NGOs, CG system and researchers

Objective 2: Scope for group-based approaches (compared to other approaches) to address rural men's and women's needs for climate change adaptation; and understanding of determinants for women’s participation in such approaches and programs

  • 2.1 Desk review of group-based approaches in climate change adaptation
  • 2.2 Analysis of the governance challenges of using group-based approaches, applying the Net-Map tool (Schiffer and Waale, 2008) in interviews with stakeholders and key actors involved in climate change adaptation in case study countries
  • 2.3 Literature review and quantitative data analysis examining determinants for women’s and men’s participation in group based approaches
  • 2.4 Assessment of inclusiveness, equity effects, and effectiveness through survey of practitioners and household level data
  • 2.5 Implementation of field research experiments: a) Gender aspects of willingness to pay for weather-based insurance in Ethiopia and Bangladesh; b) Greater role for women in community-based distribution of flood assistance in Bangladesh; c) Diffusion of agricultural information and risk-sharing among farmer groups in Kenya and Mali.
  • Target groups: NARES, government agencies, PhD students, CG system and researchers, donors

Objective 3: Strengthened capacity of communities and development agencies in case study countries to adapt to climate change using group-based approaches

  • 3.1 Assessment of delivery modes of research results
  • 3.2 Joint training on gender and climate change basics with national collaborators, government agencies, and selected farmer organizations/NGOs
  • 3.3 Course content/curriculum development pilot based on findings of the study
  • 3.4 Two PhD dissertations on gender, assets, and adaptation to climate risk and climate change completed
  • Target groups: NARES, government agencies, PhD students, CG system and researchers, donors

Objective 4: Synthesis and outreach to inform the development of policies related to gender and climate change, increased awareness of the effects of climate change on women's assets and effective methods for adaptation

  • 4.1 Synthesis of lessons across all case study countries
  • 4.2 Development of policy briefs on key country-specific insights and cross-country insights targeted at national policymakers, NGOs, development agencies, donors, and multilateral organizations
  • 4.3 Policy workshops with researchers, in-country policymakers/complementary projects
  • 4.4 Develop manuals on research methodologies for NARES, governments; and Synthesis Practitioner’s Guide
  • Target groups: NARES, government agencies, PhD students, CG system and researchers, donors

Click here for a factsheet on the project: factsheet_IFPRI_Enhancing Women#27s.

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