Gender in Agriculture Partnership

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GAP Update: Gender and Climate Change



Special Issue


Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP22), Marrakech, 7-18 November 2016


​How can countries deliver to national commitments on gender and climate change?


This Special Issue of the GAP Update is prepared by Guest Editors and GAP Members, Sophia Huyer, Gender and Social Inclusion Leader, CIAT/CCAFS, and Mary Nyasimi, Gender and Social Inclusion Science Officer, ILRI/CCAFS.

Momentum is building up for COP22 - the UN Climate Change Conference taking place immediately after the Paris Agreement enters into force on 4 November 2016. The Agreement has now been agreed and ratified by 94 of the 197 Parties to the Convention (as of 3 November) with more ratifications expected in the run up to COP22.

Gender analyses of the Paris Agreement, Intended Nationally-Determined Contributions (INDCs) and other national documents recognize that there has been steady progress in integrating gender balance and gender concerns into the climate change agenda (see this interview with Mary Robinson). Yet, women are still largely treated as “vulnerable populations” with little recognition of their own innovative actions to adapt to, or mitigate, climate change impacts, and without strong public policies and actions to support women’s efforts.  There is still a long way to go

On the eve of COP21 in Paris in November 2015, our GAP Update highlighted why taking account of gender is vital to addressing climate change. This Update, for COP22 now looks at gender balances in African and Latin American climate change policy - both its current status and how it can be improved.  Our Guest Editors stress that complementary action is also needed at local level to support women as agents of change at the local level.

This GAP Update's focus on gender and climate change follows on from the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3, Johannesburg, 5-8 April 2016) and its call for equitable and effective demand-driven multi-stakeholder partnerships that transform agricultural research and innovation (AR&I) into meaningful impacts at scale.


Lima to Marrakech – what is Africa’s next step in climate change and gender equality?

The Africa Working Group on Gender and Climate Change (AGWWCC) is a pioneering initiative to integrate gender concerns into the African position on climate change. A number of African countries have now ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change and are committed to working towards reducing their greenhouse emissions in order to keep global temperature rise to below 2°C (3.6°F) by 2100...  Read more 


​How can we help promote gender-inclusive climate change policies in Latin America? Insights from Colombia

Climate change impacts are gender-differentiated; consequently, climate change policies should be, as well. This is particularly critical in Latin America, where National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and plans to implement Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) are currently being developed... Read more


How can CSA practices impact gendered-labour roles?

Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) is defined as an approach that helps farmers adapt to climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase productivity to increase food security. In order to achieve these three goals of CSA, new technologies and practices must be implemented on farms... Read more



Gender-inclusive climate adaptation strategies in agriculture

Smallholder farmers are both men and women – and increasingly, in many regions they are predominantly women. This role is increasing as a result of migration out of rural areas by men and young people in search of employment. Despite this, the contribution of women smallholder farmers often goes unrecognized... Read more


A question for our Partners in GAP:

Countries are now submitting their NAPs, NAMAs and INDCs and putting them into action under the Paris Agreement. In what ways would you wish to see these policies be made truly gender-sensitive and how do you think the nearly one thousand organizations brought together in the Gender in Agriculture Partnership can help meet those aims?


We look forward to hearing from you about HOW you'd like to be involved with GAP in ensuring that gender is taken effectively into account in combating climate change!  Please let us know what you and your organizations are doing in this field of gender and climate change, and contribute to the latest discussions on LinkedIn!
If you have relevant materials (articles, blogs, videos etc) that we can also share through GAP, please don’t hesitate to send them to, or register as a Partner or Catalyst on the GAP website to directly post your materials.

GAP Update is a briefing service from the Gender in Agriculture Partnership, a partnership open to all those who work for the economic empowerment of women in agriculture. Our aim is to keep you regularly informed and aware of new initiatives and actions around the world.
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