Addressing gender and social inequality

C. Schubert (CCAFS)

Introducing the Gender and Inclusion Toolbox

Priorities and Policies for CSA

Supporting farmers in adapting to and mitigating climate change requires research and programmes that acknowledge the perspectives and needs of women and men with diverse identities, based on factors such as age, wealth and ethnic group. Recognizing this need, CCAFS, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and CARE International have collaborated to develop a Gender and Inclusion Toolbox, which was launched on the International Day of Rural Women in 2014.

The Gender and Inclusion Toolbox provides gender-responsive methods and tools for the development and research community

The Gender and Inclusion Toolbox provides gender-responsive methods and tools for the development and research community. C. Schubert (CCAFS)

The aim of the toolbox—which was downloaded over 2000 times in 2014 —is to move away from extractive approaches to research, towards participatory methods that recognize multiple viewpoints. It contains explanations of basic concepts, learning activities, a fieldwork planning guide, and qualitative and participatory action research tools, such as a Village Resource and Use Map. The goal is to mainstream gender and social inequality approaches into ongoing research programs.

Development practitioners working on climate change, agriculture and community development are using the toolbox to design and conduct participatory research that uncovers important gender and social differences. It is a living document, in the sense that users can share how they used and adapted the tools. Through the toolbox website, users can access additional resources as well as blogs, publications and videos.

The development of the toolbox has been a social learning experience, because it is based on the insights and experiences of a wide range of field workers, experts, farmers and scientists. Throughout 2014, CCAFS ran workshops, design events, farmer reflections and testing sessions. The toolbox also owes much to practitioners, scientists and subject experts based in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), CGIAR, Emory University and many local development partners. Overall, around 60 partner organizations in 19 countries have been involved.

As more and more partners use the toolbox, they are building expertise in gender-sensitive and socially inclusive research, enabling women and previously marginalised individuals and groups to make their voices heard.