Resources for Theme 'Gender'
Changement Climatique, Agriculture et Responsabilité Sociétale des Organisations: Note conceptuelle et Agenda
admin | 2013-05-11 | 882.5 KB | details
Note conceptuelle et Agenda
admin | 2013-05-11 | 820.0 KB | details
Event concept note and agenda
Second newsletter out: Insights of some of the main research activities carried out so far during 2012 by CALESA’s partnership
fmannke | 2013-02-19 | 1.1 MB | details
The second CALESA newsletter has been published and is available!
fmannke | 2013-02-18 | 396.2 KB | details
The first CALESA newsletter has just been published and is available!
fmannke | 2013-02-18 | 1.8 MB | details
Presentation to introduce the African context related with climate change, together with the main goals of CALESA project.
fmannke | 2013-02-18 | 545.7 KB | details
Developing promising strategies using analogue locations in
Eastern and Southern Africa (CALESA project).
admin | 2013-02-05 | 163.7 KB | details
Empirical evidence suggests that climate change will hit women disproportionately hard.
Lack of political power, small economic resources, gender-bound patterns in the division of labour, entrenched cultural patterns and possibly biological differences in heat sensitivity combine to make women and girls particularly vulnerable to extreme
weather and other climate-related events. Adaptation responses will likely reduce some of these vulnerabilities. However, just as climate change is likely to impact more severely on women than men, the costs and benefits of adaptation could be unevenly distributed between the sexes. Unless adaptation measures are carefully designed from a gender perspective, they may contribute to preserving prevailing gender inequalities and reinforce women’s vulnerability to climate change. Institutions and decisionmaking processes need to be remodelled so as to guarantee that gender issues are adequately targeted within adaptation. This article identifies a number of methodologies and decision tools that could be used to mainstream gender in local adaptation planning.
admin | 2012-02-14 | 685.6 KB | details
In Maradi district (Niger), more than 80% of the population is composed of farmers practicing a rain fed agriculture. However, because of climate variability and changes, rainfall has become uncertain, either coming too early, too late, too much or too little. On the other hand, seasons are becoming shorter and annual temperatures more extreme. During previous field visit and survey in January 2007 among Maradi district communities (Tibiri, Maradawa and Gabi), an alarming report stated the following: over 50% of interviewed farmers said that they entirely consume their harvest just after three months! During the remaining nine months in the year and before the next harvest, these communities used to develop small irrigation and income generating activities from fruit and vegetables they produced. But, because of climate variability and change, these farmers are facing a tremendous challenge in fetching surface and ground water for irrigation. As a result, any adaptation strategy via irrigation became so costly (mainly because of high oil prices and difficult access to energy services) that it is out of many small farmers’ reach. In order to ensure their food security, these communities generally settle for some coping mechanisms including social networking, solidarity and alternative livelihoods, small-scale irrigation or migration. However, irrigation has become less productive because of water scarcity and higher minimum annual temperatures. The only one river (Goulbi) flowing across Maradi city and which use to flow for at least six months after the raining season, is now flowing for only one to two months because reduction in annual regional rainfall and also because of a dam1 set upstream in Nigeria a neighbouring country of Niger. Combination of all these stressors makes Maradi district frequently exposed to food insecurity. In this case, communities tend to implement several coping mechanisms to ensure their food security. This paper attempts to understand these coping mechanisms so as to inform policy and decision makers at all levels in the exploration of ways and means of adding value on some of these coping mechanisms to transform them into adaptation. Because of the trans-boundary linkages that it implies, this paper shows that adaptation to climate change should no longer be considered only as a local but multi scale, multi level process.
Key words: food security, adaptation, coping mechanism, social capital, and policy process
admin | 2012-02-06 | 712.0 KB | details
The need to mainstream gender in response to the impacts of climate change is recognised globally. This is usually linked to differential vulnerability to climate change. Mainstreaming also needs to include how climate change impacts on gender relations, which in turn can determine the success of a household’s or community’s adaptation responses.
admin | 2010-12-05 | 216.6 KB | details
A one page flyer to download. You can print off or email to let others know about the symposium.
admin | 2010-12-05 | 154.5 KB | details
The deadline for submitting proposals for Symposium consideration is January 3rd 2011. Proposals should be submitted as an abstract – maximum 300 words. Please e-mail abstracts and/or questions by e-mail to: email@example.com.
jnnam | 2010-12-01 | 693.2 KB | details
Global debates identify the need to mainstream gender into climate change analysis, in relation to risk analysis, perceptions of vulnerability, experiences and coping mechanisms. The justification for this is that gender often dictates who gains and who loses in environmental disasters. This issue of Joto Afrika provides case studies of local knowledge in action across Africa, and success stories from research to showcase how gender analysis and representation are involved in climate adaptation. Drawing from these, there are several implications for climate adaptation in Africa.
Towards a characterisation of adaptive capacity: a framework for analysing adaptive capacity at the local level
josephinelofty | 2010-11-22 | 337.1 KB | details
Interest is growing in supporting vulnerable people and communities to adapt to the impacts of a changing climate, and there is a general assumption that there are close links between development and adaptation. Yet our understanding of the impacts that development interventions have on adaptive capacity at the local level remains limited. Most development interventions are not designed with a climate change ‘adaptation’ label, but it is likely that they influence communities’ capacity to adapt to changing shocks and trends – whether as a result of climate change or other pressures associated with development (see Jones et al., 2010). A framework for understanding and assessing adaptive capacity at the local level is needed to begin to understand how it can be supported through wider development processes at both local and national levels. Such a framework may in time serve as a platform to monitor progress, identify needs and allocate development resources to enhance a system’s ability to adapt to change.
wamuthoni | 2010-11-02 | 60.5 KB | details
As local communities in Kenya continue to depend on natural resources for their day to day activities, the resources will become depleted with time. The depletion will lead to other environmental disasters like drought. Tree Is Life's intervention is working with groups to seek other alternative sources of livelihood other than the non-renewable natural resources. I met a local women’s group that locally produces oil and soap from the sunflower plant. The group receives technical skills from the Tree Is Life Trust's field officer Mr. Simon on such innovative income generating activities. The group plants sunflower, squeezes oil out of the seeds, makes soap out of the oil and the seed residue is used to feed their group's poultry. The group is reaping the benefits of the project as they sell the produced oil and soap. It also operates a poultry farm. Tree Is Life trust also taught them on group formation and organization. The trust has also worked with many other groups on income generating by giving them training and small grants to support their projects. Other projects have included fish farming, bee keeping, the growing of fruits and working with environmental resource centers. This income generating activities lessen the dependence on the natural resources and acts as an alternative to the other incomes generated from the destruction of the resources like charcoal burning.
moussa-na-abou | 2010-10-12 | 281.4 KB | details
This document is a power point presentation made during the 4th International Conference on Community Based Adaptation in Dar Es Salam - Tanzania. The document highlights some of the coping strategies undertaken by communities in Maradi (Niger) in the event of food insecurity caused by climate changes. Policy makers can then build any adaptation strategy on these existing coping mechanisms to insure involvement and appropriation by communities.
josephinelofty | 2010-10-01 | 288.5 KB | details
Consultation version of the Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance's Local Adaptive Capacity Framework
Responding to a changing climate: Exploring how disaster risk reduction, social protection and livelihoods approaches promote features of adaptive capacity
josephinelofty | 2010-08-30 | 868.9 KB | details
This paper reviews how aspects of disaster risk reduction, social protection and livelihoods approaches may act in contributing to the various features of adaptive capacity in the context of climate change.
admin | 2010-07-30 | 3.6 MB | details
This is the AfricaAdapt newsletter for July 2010.
jnnam | 2010-06-01 | 3.4 MB | details
The impacts of climate change – whether they are gradual changes in weather patterns aggravating chronic drought and food security, or the more rapid onset emergencies such as cyclones and floods – are different for different populations. While inevitably children everywhere are badly affected, the report illustrates how girls, in particular, are bearing the greatest burden.
narradapt | 2010-04-02 | 2.3 MB | details
Quick notes and tips on how to collect narratives, what to ask and for what purposes
emilyp | 2010-02-07 | 1.4 MB | details
This report focuses on the potential for national adaptation planning to be made in the best interests of the child, and how a rights-based perspective on climate change adaptation could transform national adaptation planning.
admin | 2010-01-01 | 294.3 KB | details
narradapt | 2010-01-01 | 1.2 MB | details
Learn how to become a follower of NarrAdapt and how to create your project page to disseminate the narratives you have collected
binetou | 2010-01-01 | 30.5 KB | details
Call for the 2nd edition of Knowledge Sharing Innovation Fund. Visit the News Page for more info.
binetou | 2010-01-01 | 93.0 KB | details
Expression of Interest - FR