Because of differences in men and women’s livelihood roles, assets, and opportunities, climate change affects men and women in different ways. Disparities in access to certain resources like information, capital, and labor, as well as mobility, education levels, and property rights, mean that women often have fewer options available for responding to climate change. In addition, women often have less of a say in a household and in a community about how to respond to climate change, given constraints to women’s participation in institutions like water user groups or disaster management committees. Programs meant to promote climate resilience can unintentionally exacerbate gender inequalities without paying attention to gender dynamics. Tapping into women’s different knowledge and networks can help with climate adaptation by mobilizing community members, improving targeting, and contributing to program design and monitoring.

Overcoming gender gaps in rural mechanization: Lessons from reaper-harvester service provision in Bangladesh - Policy Note

Custom hiring of labor- and cost-saving agricultural machinery services is increasingly common in South Asia. We studied the gendered differences in women’s and men’s involvement in emerging markets for reaper-harvester machinery services in the Feed the Future Zone in Bangladesh. We find that women benefit from managing and sometimes owning machinery services, as well as from the direct and indirect consequences of hiring such services to harvest their crops. However, a number of technical, economic, and cultural barriers constrain women’s full participation in these benefits. The brief provides suggestions for initiatives promoting rural machinery services to more fully engage women, as business owners and users of machinery, to expand the benefits of these markets, with relevance for South Asia and other farming geographies dominated by smallholders.

Call for Promising Practices to Advance Gender Equality, Nutrition Security, and Climate Resilience

Across sub-sectors of rural climate resilience – including social protection, disaster risk reduction, livelihood diversification, climate-smart agriculture, among others – what are promising approaches to address gender and nutrition in project design and evaluation?

GCAN at the Gender and Resilience Working Group

IFPRI hosted a recent meeting of the Gender and Resilience Working Group meeting on June 26, 2017, where two members of the GCAN Team, Elizabeth Bryan and Sophie Theis, presented the GCAN framework. The presentation provided the rationale behind the framework and explained how it compliments other frameworks on resilience, agriculture and nutrition. Members of the working group presented plans for the development of a gender and resilience framework currently being designed by the group. Discussions were held on how the GCAN framework might inform the gender and resilience framework and how both can be applied to strengthen the integration of climate resilience, gender and nutrition into project implementation.