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Gender mainstreaming through education of future scientists

One of the main objectives of the Gender & Climate Change team at CIAT/CCAFS is to mainstream gender throughout the entire agriculture and climate change research cycle, beginning at the design phase. Why? Because gender shapes men’s and women’s experiences of climate change (or climate variability) and their vulnerability to it as well as their adaptive capacities

Photocredit: Gian BetancourtBut why only implement gender in the research cycle, and not go even a couple of steps before that? For example, by explaining the importance of gender-sensitive agriculture research to the future generation of scientists. That is exactly what Dr. Jennifer Twyman tries to achieve through her lecture on Gender, Climate Change and Agriculture for the Master program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security of the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway.

During this lecture, the objectives were to:

  • Give an example of how gender affects vulnerability to climate change (in terms of roles, resources, or power in decision-making).
  • Understand the desired gender outcome and the approach CCAFS takes to achieve it.
  • Define and explain women’s empowerment.
  • Explain the difference between practical and strategic gender needs.
  • Explain the difference between a headship analysis and intra-household gender analysis.
  • Explain the intra-household bargaining power theory.
  • And she ended by giving specific examples from the field through CCAFS gender research.

The entire PowerPoint presentation can be accessed here.

The MSc Program of the NUI Galway on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security is sponsored by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Jennifer Twyman is a post-doc and gender specialist, working at the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and is based in Cali, Colombia. Manon Koningstein is a Research Associate and Communications Specialist at the Gender & Climate Change team of CIAT, Cali, Colombia

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