In many of the world’s dry, agricultural areas, including much of Africa, it is traditionally women who devote time and effort to the land. This fact sheet draws attention to the complex and evolving nature of gender issues pertaining to drylands women.
Women serve on the front lines of dryland management. Drylands are hugely important areas of biodiversity, and home to 2.3 billion people worldwide, both rural and urban dwellers. At the same time, drylands are among the most risk-prone ecosystems. This section will investigate the complex interaction between local communities – and women in particular – and desertification, and also anti-desertification initiatives.
It’s a fact: climate change affects women and men differently. This is important information for governments across the globe as they develop policies to reduce emissions (mitigate) and cope with (adapt to) the impacts of climate change. Policies that are gender-sensitive—in other words, that consider the particular needs and capacities of both women and men—are more likely to be effective.
1.2 billion people in developing countries rely on smallholder agroforestry systems to sustain agricultural productivity and generate income. 60 to 80% of these smallholders are women. The desperately poor are enmeshed in highly complex poverty traps. Poor households need enterprise solutions that build assets, increase labor productivity, sustain enterprise diversity, and generate marketable surpluses while minimizing cash investment. Pro-poor approaches to development must generate solutions that address these boundary conditions.
Climate change affects women more severely than men.