CCAFS and partners in Nepal and the Indian state of Bihar have trained women – elected leaders and farmers – to manage climate risks. Nepalese women farmers tend to be at a particular disadvantage in adapting to climate variability and extremes, partly because they have limited access to information compared to men.
First, female elected leaders received training. A manual, Gender, climate change, agriculture, and food security, tailor-made for trainers, has proved to be a valuable resource for the entire region and has been translated into Nepali and Hindi. In Nepal, trainers ran workshops in all 75 districts. A subsequent press conference resulted in excellent publicity, both locally and nationally. Distribution of the Nepali version reached almost 10,000 copies. Trainers use the manuals in workshops for female farmers, as well as workshops for local government officials and elected community representatives.
“We have taught women adaptation techniques such as rain water harvesting and mixed cropping, because most farmers here only depend on wheat”. Ranjita Kumari, trainer and elected community leader, Bihar
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- Manual: Gender, climate change, agriculture, and food security: a CCAFS training-of-trainers (TOT) manual to prepare South Asian rural women to adapt to climate change
- Photos: Training-of-trainers gender-workshop in Nepal