Women Farmers Adapting to Climate Change.

Abeka et al. outline four case studies on how climate change affects women farmers and how women develop coping mechanisms in response to climate change. Studies from India, Peru, and Kenya draw on interviews and focus groups with women. In India, researchers found that women are the first members of the household to deal with natural disasters or extreme weather conditions such as flooding and landslides. Women deal with these effects by attempting to choose varietals that will survive in the face of extreme weather. They selectively save seeds and treat seeds to increase viability and prevent pests. They also rely on traditional knowledge about weather patterns to predict when they should plant and cultivate crops. In Bangladesh, case studies reveal that women take climate change and environmental degradation very seriously, because men migrate from farms to earn a living, and women are responsible for farming. Women depend heavily on indigenous knowledge to deal with the effects of climate change. Abeka et al.'s case study on Kenya reveals the need to integrate women into climate change mitigation and adaption strategies. Finally, in Peru, women noted how much rain and wind patterns have changed, and how this has affected their production. To deal with this, women rotate crops and diversify production by raising guinea pigs. This source is a helpful review of the different effects of climate change. The information on how women cope with the effects of climate change is especially beneficial for researchers hoping to incorporate women's coping mechanisms into their own research.

Citation: 
Abeka, S., S. Anwer, R. B. Huamani, V. Bhatt, S. Bii, M.B. Prissy, R.A Rejina, H.R. Senisse, and G.V. Soria. 2012. Women Farmers Adapting to Climate Change. Stuttgart: Diakonisches Werk der EKD e.V.
Year: 
2012
Media Type: 
Case study
Geographic Focus: 
Banana Cassava Cereals Gender Gender analysis Gender equity Maize Production Rice Sweet Potato Value Chain Women's Empowerment

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