Upscaling climate smart agriculture among female farmers can play a critical role in empowering women. This is the general consensus during a Workshop on Gender Sensitive Climate Smart Agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa that is taking place at Fairview Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya from 2-4 November 2016.
The workshop that has brought together 25 regional actors who are involved in the advancement of climate smart agriculture and the mainstreaming of gender issues in the agricultural sector to outline a roadmap for the development of a full-fledged project document for resource mobilisation to support the upscaling of gender sensitive climate smart agriculture that would benefit women.
Speaking during the workshop, Dr. Olu Ajayi, Senior Programme Coordinator for Climate Change Policy at the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) said that poor farmers usually have the lowest capacity to adapt, but have highest need for food security and are the most affected by climate change.
“We have to ask ourselves the specific roadmap to help women farmers who are out there, having to cope with climate change as they pursue their livelihood on daily basis,” said Dr. Ajayi.
According to him, CTA aims at initiating new partnerships and build synergies with organisations that are active in promoting climate smart agriculture.
He said that women are more vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change, for they have to travel further and work harder to collect water, firewood and other basic necessities of life in the household.
Participants during group discussions
In the sphere of agricultural production, women’s lack of access to productive resources and sphere of services also constrains their capacity to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change.
CTA has organised the workshop in close collaboration with the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) after the realisation that most policy documents and programmatic responses to enhancing the resilience of agriculture to climate change do not provide concrete guidance on to how climate smart agriculture operations can be made gender responsive and empower women farmers.