How can gender differences be used as opportunities to improve adaptation to climate change?

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Men and women look on as a facilitator demonstrates the operation of a manual pump that can be used to irrigate crops during drought

A new paper, authored by me and colleagues at the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute, NaFIRRI and Department of Zoology, Entomology and Fisheries Sciences, Makerere University has insights leading to answers for this question. Lake Wamala, an environmental change hot spot is used as a case study.

Below is the abstract and you can follow the following link to get access to the full paper: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17565529.2017.1372262

Abstract

Climate change disproportionately affects marginalized groups, especially women. To guide the integration of gender roles in interventions to improve adaptation, we examined gender roles among fishers on Lake Wamala, Uganda, which has been increasingly affected by climate change. We found lower participation of women than men in preharvest and postharvest fishing activities, with 99% of fishers and 92.9% of fish processors and traders combined being men. The men had more fishing experience, started fishing at a younger age and exited at a later age, targeted more species, used more fishing gears and bought more fish for processing and trading. Although we observed diversification to non-fishery livelihoods, such as crop and livestock production to increase food security and income among others, income from these activities was not controlled or shared equally between men and women. Compared to men, women worked longer hours, engaging in more simultaneous activities both in and out of the home and reported less time resting. The income controlled by women was used directly to meet household needs. The implications of these differences for adaptation, what men and women can do best to enhance adaptation and how some adaptation practices and interventions can be implemented to benefit both men and women are discussed.

 

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