This framework serves as a tool to help better understand the linkages among climate, gender, and nutrition at multiple scales and over different time horizons. The framework also serves to identify entry points for policies, technologies and institutions that enhance synergies and reduce tradeoffs across the three development goals of nutrition, women’s empowerment and resilience that all form part of the 2016 Global Food Security Act. It is designed to help USAID missions and national counterparts to more readily identify key issues that need to be identified, addressed and monitored over the lifetime of Feed-the-Future and similarly positioned USAID activities in alignment with the Global Food Security Act. To tailor the objectives and plans at national and sub-national level, practitioners need to assess the “smartness” of proposed investment options and prioritize them. The framework was developed with inputs from a variety of stakeholders during the project inception workshop in October 2016, followed by an Agrilinks seminar in November 2016 and was then field-tested during a series of visits to USAID missions. The final framework and a supporting concept note will be available soon.
Special webinar on how the Feed the Future Gender-Sensitive Climate-Smart Agriculture for Nutrition (GCAN) initiative aims to support USAID on the new Global Food Security Strategy.
In December 2016, the USAID Bureau for Food Security, in collaboration with the USAID/Cambodia Mission, convened the Climate-Smart Agriculture Global Learning and Evidence Exchange (CSA-GLEE) meeting in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to deepen collaboration efforts and action on climate-smart agriculture.
The intersection of climate change, food security, and nutrition is critical given growing adverse climate change impacts that threaten food security and nutrition outcomes, especially for the most vulnerable in the global South. The GCAN team put together discussion paper which uses a food systems approach to analyze the bidirectional relationships between climate change and food and nutrition along the entire food value chain. This discussion paper will be available soon along with a policy note.
A complimentary Policy Note provides an overview of the main points and takeaway messages discussed in the Climate Change and Nutrition Linkages Discussion Paper. This will be available soon along with the discussion paper.
An informative and simple visual representation of climate change and nutrition linkages, which is based on the larger discussion paper, can be found in the Climate Change and Nutrition - slide deck.
During a week-long visit in Bangladesh in January 2017, the GCAN team presented key climate-gender-nutrition linkages. Productive discussions took place between the GCAN team and USAID Mission staff on priorities and potential research topics that would inform USAID's programming in Bangladesh. The GCAN team also met with local implementing partners and stakeholders to gather information on current initiatives related to climate-gender-nutrition linkages in Bangladesh. The GCAN team and the USAID Bangladesh Mission are currently working together to move these research topics forward. GCAN presentation to Bangladesh USAID Mission slide deck
During a week-long visit in Cambodia in December 2016, the GCAN team presented key climate-gender-nutrition linkages to the USAID Mission. Productive discussions took place between the GCAN team and USAID Mission staff on priorities and potential research topics that would inform USAID's programming in Cambodia. The GCAN team also met with local implementing partners and stakeholders to gather information on current initiatives related to climate-gender-nutrition linkages in Cambodia. GCAN presentation to Cambodia USAID mission slide deck
During a week-long visit in Zambia in November 2016, the GCAN team presented key climate-gender-nutrition linkages to the USAID Mission. Productive discussions took place between the GCAN team and USAID Mission staff on priorities and potential research topics that would inform USAID's programming in Zambia. The GCAN team also met with local implementing partners and stakeholders to gather information on current initiatives related to climate-gender-nutrition linkages in Zambia. GCAN presentation to Zambia USAID Mission slide deck
For Bangladesh, the IFPRI team will set up an econometric model using the Bangladesh Integrated Household Survey 2011-2 and 2015-6 to test for the effect of biophysical variables like soils or weather on socio-economic characteristics of the households with a focus on climate-gender-nutrition relationships. This novel use of spatial analysis techniques can suggest policy advice tailored to different agro-ecologies and household types. The IFPRI team will adopt an explicit strategy to support researchers and policy makers who would like to explore different linkages and answer interesting policy as well as research questions. We will document the output of this process, from the raw data to the end-results, so that it can be reproduced by others.