COMPENDIUM, IEEC-2023   ( ISBN : 978-81-967860-4-5 )
Theme-4: Advances in Social Management in Agriculture and Allied Sciences

Gender Sensitive Climate Smart Agricultural Policies: Need of the hour

Y Sirilakshmi and Bidyut P Gogoi

ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana


Abstract Climate change is one of the most emerging issues at the global level which results from anthropogenic and natural disorders such as the rise in greenhouse gas emissions and depletion of the ozone layer. Climate change impacts are gender-differentiated, as the social conditions of men and women in different places influence their resilience to increase in extreme weather and climate events. There is a significant difference in exposure and the adaptive capacity of gender in agriculture to the impact of climate change. Yet mostly women are involved in several agricultural operations, and they are mostly neglected by information and service providers unless their differing needs, access to, and control over resources are considered at the policy and project design stage. However, there are still no clear rules for meeting the requirements of men and women in various locations and agricultural systems. This shows that there is a need to integrate the gender component in various policies and research to ensure the effective implementation of climate change adaptation interventions in agriculture. It has to be done specially for the developing and under-developed countries where climate vulnerability and women's participation in agriculture is high, accompanied by gender gaps in access to information, technologies, markets, and labour burden. Instead of focusing on each issue separately, it becomes vital to address how gender, agriculture and climate change are interconnected in order to achieve this. Therefore, this paper aims to identify the policy gaps and suggests a series of suggestions for strengthening gender responsiveness at the policy level in agriculture and also highlights the importance of developing climate-smart projects with gender in mind for decision-makers in agricultural development, through understanding of cutting-edge gender-transformative interventions and tools, as well as to hold them accountable for serving both women and men. Keywords: Climate Change, Gender, Smart agricultural policies

IEEC-2023 at RARI (SKNAU, Jobner), Jaipur, Rajasthan organised by Society of Extension Education, Agra, India