Participatory tools for gender and social inclusion research under climate change

Photo: C. Khonje (Trocaire)

Project Description

There is a need to better capture and better understand how men and women smallholder farmers affect and are impacted by climate change, while taking into account age, wealth, ethnic identification. A team of researchers from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has co-developed a set of tools to support gender-sensitive and social inclusive research in the context of climate change and agriculture. The research tools were designed, tested and further improved with partners from the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and CARE International and later published in the Gender and Social Inclusion Toolbox in 2014.

The participatory toolbox builds on the previously released Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Rural Development training guide produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and CCAFS in 2012, which was later updated and translated into Spanish and French. The new toolbox doesn’t replace it, but instead contributes with additional participatory tools and methods and a focus on social learning approaches.

The manual is a resource and toolbox for development practitioners and programme designers interested in diagnostic and action research for gender sensitive and socially inclusive climate change programmes in the rural development context. It is meant to be an easy to use manual, increasing the research capacity, skills and knowledge of its users.


World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and CARE International, Emory University US, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Further information

For further information, please contact CCAFS Gender Coordinator Sophia Huyer (s.huyer@cgiar.og).