Making climate-smart agriculture work for women farmers and entrepreneurs


Agricultural production will need to increase by at least 50% over the next 30 years to meet the needs of rising populations and changing dietary preferences for more protein-rich foods, fruits and vegetables. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) offers approaches that may ease these risks. Although there has been a strong focus on the technical aspects of CSA, it has not made the most of opportunities that come out of a focus on the social dimension of adoption, and especially the issues facing women farmers and entrepreneurs. The authors look at intervention strategies according to the extent that they are able to increase the participation of women (reach), strengthen the returns they get from their efforts (benefit) and strengthen women’s ability to make strategic life choices and act on them (empower). [This summary was provided by the CGIAR GENDER Impact Platform]