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Mainstreaming gender and social differentiation into CCAFS research activities in West Africa: Key achievements and lessons learned

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An overview of key gender studies and activities undertaken by CCAFS in West Africa.

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Mainstreaming gender and social differentiation into CCAFS research activities in West Africa: Key achievements and lessons learned

  1. 1. Mainstreaming gender and social differentiation into CCAFS research activities in West Africa: Key achievements & lessons learned Gender networking meeting , Canberra 1 – 2 April 2019 Mathieu Ouédraogo, Samuel T. Partey & Robert Zougmoré CCAFS WA / ICRISAT - Mali
  2. 2. Keys activities implemented in WA Capacity building Training of partners for gender research in CSVs Trainings of women on CSA practices Gender studies to understand the linkage between gender and CC Perception of climate change & adaptation strategies (Mali) Prioritization of CSA options (Mali, Niger, Ghana) Access & use of climate information (Ghana and Senegal) Gender sensitive activities to empower women Processing of baobab fruit powder (Senegal) Promotion of cassio tora production (Niger) Development of gender CSA groups (Ghana) Off/on season gardening (Ghana, Mali and Senegal)
  3. 3. Some results • Gender studies revealed that :  Women and men have similar perceptions of climate change in Ghana and Mali CSVs  Women and men have different perceptions of adaptation strategies in Ghana and Mali  Women and men have different access and use of CSA options including CIS in Ghana and Mali. • Gender activities  Women capacitated in CSA options (PICSA, tree planting, new crops production, improved varieties, nutritional education, etc.)  7 CSA groups formed in Ghana CSV from 2011 to 2017.  29; 92 and 200Kg of baobab powder produced and sold generating 171; 700 and 1526 Euros of income for the women association respectively in 2015; 2016 and 2017.
  4. 4. Key lessons An effective mainstreaming of gender and social issue within CSVs’ activities in WA requires:  Understanding gender perception on climate change and adaptation strategies to develop gender responsive CSA options.  Understanding differentiated access and use of CSA options for promoting the uptake of gender responsive CSA technologies and practices .  Developing gender specific activities in CSV work that meet women and youth needs and concern and motivate them to participate in CSA.  Establishing gender collective organizations to support gender initiatives (networking, capacity building, mutual support).  Understanding constraints and potential for gender responsive work to reduce gender gap in CSA.
  5. 5. Ways forwards Continue with gender studies (focus on CSA impact on gender) Sustain the gender specific activities within the CSV (need investment)  Develop a Gender project (FP level)

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