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Toolbox allied of gender and climate change

Toolbox allied of gender and climate change

• With these tools experts analyzed how to include in the participatory research the gender and climate change approaches

With the increase of social inequality almost in all the regions of the world, the groups of population in vulnerability situation and the ones in poverty are more affected by the actual world crisis compare to any other group of population and besides, climate change increases this situation.

This is the reason why experts on climate change, gender and food security got together from November 10 to the 15, in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, in a Regional Training Workshop on Research, Climate Change and Agriculture, with the objective to analyze how through participatory research these social gaps can be reduced.

The workshop was organized by the Mesoamerican Agroenvironmental Programme (MAP) of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

During these six days, more than 30 experts from Nicaragua, Guatemala, Trifinio (transboundary area between Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala), Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica and Kenya analyzed and applied the manual Toolbox about the Gender and Inclusion Themes: Participatory Research on Climate Change and Agriculture, with the purpose to know it better, put it in the Central American reality context and be capable to use it in the most vulnerable communities where each of them work. This toolbox facilitates the development of socially inclusive research with a gender approach.

According to Christine Jost, scientist official of the CGIAR Research Program, this toolbox developed by CCAFS and CARE International addresses several key points to establish a climate smart research agenda, more inclusive and relevant for men and women.

“What we wanted to achieve was to work the gender and climate change concepts and how this can be worked with participatory research approaches. The idea was to provide different tools and see how these can be applied in the Latin American context”, said Jost.

During the workshop, in addition to the application of the tools from the manual, the participants had the opportunity to visit different communities from the Matagalpa department, in Nicaragua. In these communities MAP works with the purpose to apply the knowledges acquired.

According to Elías Ramírez, representative from the Municipal Commission on Sovereignty and Nutricional Food Security (COMUSSAN, by the Spanish acronym) from Nicaragua, the submitted and approved tools during the workshop will be of great use to develop the actions that the institution executes in the areas of Matagalpa and La Dalia, in Nicaragua. “They are new tools and provide us with many inputs to plan and implement the actions that we do. To apply them on the field during the workshop was useful to know the perception that the producers have in relation to climate change, as well as the actions that they are doing to face it. Besides, I was surprise to see how men are receptive to search for actions to accomplish the empowerment of women”, added Ramírez.

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Cris Soto
Communications and Policy Office