Good Practices for Integrating Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Climate-Smart Agriculture Programmes
This paper, Good Practices for Integrating Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Climate-Smart Agriculture Programmes, is the result of collaboration between CARE and FAO and focuses on agricultural practices implemented by small-scale food producers. This paper provides guidance, tools, and examples of the successful integration of gender equality and women's empowerment (GEWE) in climate-smart agriculture work. It demonstrates the necessity and benefits of incorporating a GEWE approach; describes strategies for enhancing the engagement of women and particularly vulnerable groups; and provides practical examples and tools on gender equality and women's empowerment in agriculture.
CARE recognized early that the climate-smart agriculture paradigm lacks specific commitment to gender equality outcomes and we have been working with FAO and other partners to address this gap. Women and men have different knowledge and perceptions of agricultural sustainability, differentiations vulnerabilities to climate change impacts within agriculture and different capacities and assets to respond to threats and opportunities. It is critical that the CSA -- and any agriculture or climate change programming -- recognized and responds to these differences.
The work on this paper within CARE is testament to collaborative efforts between the CARE US FNS team and CCRP. Please feel free to disseminate among your peers and donor partners. Please also feel free to reproduce any part of this paper, citing CARE and FAO, in any program design or policy advocacy work. It gives us all compelling content in our drive for truly productive, sustainable, equitable, and resilient agriculture -- which delivers food and nutrition security under increasing climate risk.