World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a leading Canadian non-profit organization in international development, committed to providing education, employment, and empowerment opportunities that improve the lives of millions of disadvantaged youth around the world. In partnership with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), African Working Group on Gender and Climate Change (AWGGCC), and Women in Global Science and Technology (WISAT), WUSC will implement a project on Inclusive Climate Change Adaptation for a Sustainable Africa (ICCASA).
One of the aims of ICCASA is to provide evidence on gender and climate change in Africa through the documentation of best practices in gender responsive climate solutions in Africa and/or good practices that can close the gender gap in climate change adaptation. There is evidence of women’s disadvantages in access to resources, participation in Africa’s economies, and low representation in decision making processes. This has created a huge gender gap, leading to great gender inequalities. Various stakeholders, including policy-makers and development agents, are beginning to recognize that closing the gender gap will bring substantial benefits and reduce gender inequalities in Africa.
Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents to the effects of climate change. The changing climate will negatively affect food production and security, with farmers expected to lose about US$28 per hectare, per year for each 1°C rise in global temperature. This will lead to higher food prices and increased conflicts and security threats. Droughts will cause scarcity of water resources and severe floods, outbreaks of waterborne diseases, such as cholera, malaria and meningitis, and infrastructure destruction. Dependence on hydro electricity generation for energy will equally be affected as the amount of waters flowing into rivers will dwindle, potentially leading to a 41 percent decline in hydro power production and high costs to industrial production.
Africa’s social and cultural setting worsens the situations, especially for women and children. Due to their predominance in agriculture, as well as their high levels of dependence on the natural environment for household production and livelihoods, women are highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. Climate change has the potential to drastically affect the lives of women and children and thus threatens progress towards sustainable development. The vulnerability of Africa’s women and youth to impacts of climate change needs to be understood so that solutions meet their specific needs and opportunities. Designing climate resilient interventions with women and youth and scaling up these interventions to wider audiences will be the heart of sustainable development in Africa. For example, providing weather and agro-advisory services to women and youth farmers on appropriate technological innovations, improving education and healthcare choices, improved access to clean fuels, storage facilities, and resource management strategies will be key to stemming the impact of climate change on women and youth.
ICCASA is developing studies in 10 countries in Africa on the status of women and youth in relation to climate change effects, adaptation, and mitigation in five African regions (Eastern, Western, Central, Northern, Southern), and the Small Islands States (SIDs).
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