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Gender and Inclusion Toolbox

Participatory Research in Climate Change and Agriculture

The Toolbox is in modular format, and each activity can be used on its own or sequentially according to the user’s needs.

A gender equity gap exists in agriculture and this gap shapes how men and women contribute, respond and adapt to climate change. Women’s insecurity over land access and tenure, lower political representation and decision-making power in rural governance, lack of access to financial capital, level of empowerment, barriers to participation in trainings and extension services, and many other challenges exist in the path of promoting gender equitable adaptation and development. Building resilience within this context is a matter of understanding how gender norms and relations, along with other critical factors such as caste, class, age, disability and sexual orientation all affect differences in access, power and decision-making in regards to adaptive capacity.

The objective of the toolbox is to support program designers and field practitioners in doing gender sensitive and socially inclusive research. The toolbox is divided into four main parts and includes:

  1. An overview of concepts in gender, climate change, participation, qualitative research, and gender and social analysis;
  2. Team-based learning and reflection activities to support gender and inclusion concepts;
  3. A logistics and planning guide supporting sampling strategy, sex-disaggregation, and field work best practices; and
  4. Participatory research tools covering Co-Production of Knowledge, Climate Resilient Agriculture, Climate Information, and Mitigation for socially differentiated data collection and analysis.