The CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research hosted the webinar ‘Guidelines and good practices for achieving gender equality outcomes through climate services‘ on Wednesday January 23 (2.00-3.30pm CET). The webinar was organized in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
WEBINAR recording Click on the link (left) and enter the password: GqC2B8tJ
Climate services can be a critical means of resiliency-building for smallholder farmers; however, due to gender-related factors, women and men can face differing challenges and opportunities to access climate-related information, use it to improve management, and benefit from improved management decisions. To ensure equal distribution of benefits and promote gender equality, it is critical that food security and climate-resiliency initiatives take into account gender considerations, from the earliest planning stages. Yet concrete guidance on how to integrate gender equality in climate services may be lacking.
Purpose of the webinar
The webinar addressed this knowledge gap and provided important capacity building to CCAFS scientists and others by presenting guidance materials recently developed on gender-responsive climate services. These include recommendations for gender-sensitive communication channels, impact pathways for achieving gender equality objectives, and guidelines for gender inclusive monitoring and evaluation. The webinar also shared lessons learned from past and ongoing CCAFS climate services projects and included time for a facilitated discussion with online participants.
Specifically, the webinar had the following objectives:
- Present key points and recommendations from CCAFS guidance materials on gender-responsive climate services.
- Share lessons learned on gender integration in climate services projects from two CCAFS projects.
- Share knowledge with researchers and practitioners on guidance and good practices for gender-responsive climate services.
- Gender-responsive rural climate services: a review of the literature
- Strategies for achieving gender-responsive climate services
- Gender differences in agro-climate information services
- Gender and climate risk management: evidence of climate information use in Ghana
is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist with Flagship 4 and the Gender and Social Inclusion Flagship, based at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Columbia University. At IRI, Tatiana is involved in the investigation of the causes of gender differentials in access to and use of climate-related information; and the factors and conditions that can contribute to gender-transformative climate information services. Tatiana’s research has also analyzed the significance of women’s and men’s access to information on production and crop management for the adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices related to trees in a territory identified as vulnerable to climate change impacts in Nicaragua.
Dr. Samuel Partey is the Science Officer of CCAFS West Africa based at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Bamako, Mali. Dr. Partey is an expert in soil-plant relations and agroforestry and has been involved in several collaborative projects: In 2014, he was the Agroforester for Ghana on a Royal Society funded project on the environmental importance of forest islands in the Guinea Savannah zone of Ghana led by Imperial College, London; In 2013, he served as a Data Analyst for N2-Africa (Ghana Chapter), and a CIDA-funded Agroforestry He holds a PhD in Environmental Biology (specialisation in soil science) from the University of Manchester (UK) and a PhD in Agroforestry from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana.
Dr. Elisabeth Simelton is a climate change scientist and CCAFS Project Manager. Her roles encompass the entire project management cycle, including resource mobilization, research design and proposal development, fieldwork, data analyses, publications, policy dialogues, and research communication. As a geographer, she sees herself as an interdisciplinary scientist, who specializes in climate change impacts and adaptation, land use, and the development of participatory tools to engage farmers. Her favorite output so far is the Talking Toolkit, which facilitates group discussions about extreme events and adaptation strategies. The Toolkit is now used by several universities and research organizations.
Dr. Sophia Huyer is Gender and Social Inclusion Research Leader of the CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Programme (CCAFS) as well as Director of Women in Global Science and Technology (WISAT). She’s also a Visiting Fellow on Gender and Climate Change at the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC). She has engaged in research and policy analysis on global gender equality issues relating to technology, innovation and sustainable development for over 20 years.