Gender Climate Change Agriculture Support

Integrating women smallholder farmers into the mainstream economy is key in order to increase their productivity, improve the quality of their commodities, gain a voice in decision-making around all aspects of the agriculture value chain and build adaptive capacity to mitigate climate change. The NEPAD Agency recognises the impact that climate change will have on African agriculture, especially African women farmers and designed the five-year Gender, Climate Change and Agriculture Support Project (GCCASP) with support from the Norwegian government. The project supports the implementation of regional and country level interventions to empower rural women and other vulnerable sections of communities to better cope with the adverse effects of climate change. A considerable amount of ground work has been done thus far through various phases namely: (1) design/development phase; (2) inception phase; and currently, (3) resource mobilisation phase; in the participating countries of Ethiopia, Cameroon, Malawi, Niger and Rwanda.
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Women produce as much as 80 per cent of food crops, but own only about 15 per cent of agricultural land. They often have no security of tenure and generally have less fertile and smaller plots than men. In addition to land issue, women also have lack or poor access to financial support, technologies, extension services, and markets. The double burden of work and climate change also exacerbate the challenges that women small holders face.

The NEPAD Agency recognises the impact that climate change will have on African agriculture, especially African women farmers and designed the five-year Gender, Climate Change and Agriculture Support Project (GCCASP) with support from the Norwegian government. The project supports the implementation of regional and country level interventions to empower rural women and other vulnerable sections of communities to better cope with the adverse effects of climate change. 

A considerable amount of ground work has been done thus far through various phases namely: (1) design/development phase; (2) inception phase;  and currently, (3) resource mobilisation phase; in the participating countries of Ethiopia, Cameroon, Malawi, Niger and Rwanda. Eventually, the project will be up-scaled to other countries. The project is designed to enable vulnerable communities become more climate resilient, practice gender balanced agriculture, and experience growth and wealth creation. 

The actual implementation of GCCASP at the ground level will focus on the following key intervention areas: 
i). Closing policy and institutional gaps; 
ii) Capacity building of women smallholder farmers; 
iii) Creation and strengthening of women platforms; 
 iv) Investments in up-scaling of successful and innovative practices. 

The project intends to benefit a total of 170,000 women farmers.

At the Regional Economic Communities (RECs)  level, COMESA, IGAD, ECOWAS, ECCAS and EAC have been involved in the consultations that informed the design of the project. RECs will work closely with NEPAD in up-scaling the project to more African countries.

Results:

To inform an effective design of programmes and ensure the equitable participation of women smallholder farmers, youths and other vulnerable groups, a situation analysis involving extensive consultations with stakeholders in five selected countries – Cameroon, Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger and Rwanda – and a regional consultation workshop involving SADC, ECOWAS, IGAD, ECCAS, COMESA were carried out.

Key challenges faced by women farmers identified through these processes include the lack of access to land, credit and markets, as well as lack of technology and agricultural extension.

Based on the identified challenges, key intervention areas adopted for the programme are:

  • Closing institutional gaps
  • Capacity building of women smallholder farmers
  • Creation and strengthening of women platforms; and
  • Investments in up-scaling innovation and successful practices.

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Brochures

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Meeting Documents

The main objective of the REC level meeting was to increase awareness of the GCCASP to development partners, RECs and other stakeholders and to discuss their involvement in the programme. Specifically, the objectives of the meetings were:

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This consultation report briefly presents a situation analysis of the gender and climate change in Malawi, the experienced climate change impacts and coping strategies of women farmers, constraints and barriers to women farmers’ effective adaptation to climate change, and the priority...

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The objectives of this Gender, Climate Change and Agriculture Support Programme GCCASP - Cameroon National Programming Consultation Workshop was to:

  • Update and validate the priority intervention areas identified during the assessment phase;
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The aim of this REC level GCCASP programming workshop was to validate and enrich the RECs level intervention areas and harmonize with the country level GCCASPs so as to come up with Continental level bankable Programme document to be submitted for financing the implementation phase of the...

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The main aim of this Conference was to engage with various stakeholders on what is needed to open space for agribusiness in African smallholder women farmers. Specifically, the following were the objectives of the conference:

  • Policy dialogue
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The objectives of this Gender, Climate Change and Agriculture Support Programme GCCASP - Ethiopia National Programming Consultation Workshop are to:

  1. Present and discuss the Ethiopia report focusing on the intervention areas,
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Policy Report

This study intends to develop a clear understanding of the specific issues impacting on rural women farmers’ ability to engage in the agricultural sector in a more sustainable and profitable manner than at present. Specifically, the study:

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The specific objectives of the Malawi National Programming Consultation Workshop were to:

  • Update and validate the priority intervention areas identified during the assessment phase;
  • Discuss and agree on the
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This report presents the findings from the consultations in Niger, to feed into the design of the AU/NEPAD Gender and Climate – Smart Agriculture Support Programme. The aim of the programme is to support implementation of regional and country interventions to empower rural women and other...

The objectives of this – Rwanda National Programme Consultation Workshop Gender, Climate Change and Agriculture Support Programme were to:

  1. Present and discuss the Rwandan report focusing on the intervention areas;
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This report presents the findings from the consultations in Rwanda, to feed into the design of the AU/NEPAD Gender and Climate – Smart Agriculture Support Programme. The aim of the programme is to support implementation of regional and country interventions to empower rural women and other...

Cameroon is one of the five countries that were selected to conduct national level studies that involved a broad consultation and participatory processes that would contribute to the development of an Africa-wide Programme Document on Gender and Climate-Smart Agriculture. This...

This report has been prepared on the basis of the results of the national consultations and includes nine parts: (1) introduction, (2) background and methodological issues, (3) the main results of the national consultation, (4) gender and climate change in Niger, (5) gender,...

Analysis made in this paper are based on categories defined as: profile of activities; profile of access to and control of resources and influencing factors to know the existing situation of women smallholder and men small holder farmers on the ground.

The overall aim of the study was to assess the effects of climate change on small-scale women farmers and pastoralists in Ethiopia, identify the coping strategies of the women, and explore possible ways in which their coping adaptive capacities can be enhanced. The study feeds...

This report presents the findings from the consultations in Malawi, to feed into the design of the AU/NEPAD Gender and Climate – Smart Agriculture Support Programme. The aim of the programme is to support implementation of regional and country interventions to empower...

Publications

This best practice document summarises the research and consultations conducted in the initial participating countries of the Gender, Climate Change and Agriculture Support Programme (GCCASP) – Ethiopia, Cameroon, Malawi, Niger and Rwanda. ...

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