Gender and Inclusion Toolbox: Participatory Research in Climate Change and Agriculture


The visibility of climate change and agriculture is increasing on the global development stage but to implement locally relevant adaptation and mitigation options for farmers requires gender sensitive and inclusive research design and planning.

The Gender and Inclusion Toolbox is an ongoing learning project for building the skills of development practitioners in the fields of climate change, agriculture, and community development in socially differentiated research using participatory methods. It offers learning and reflection activities for project teams, guidelines for sampling and planning and over a dozen qualitative and participatory action research (PAR) tools that can be customized for groups.

A Manual Made by Many

This toolbox was a collaboration between CARE International , the CGIAR's research program in Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

The project was also greatly shaped by the valuable feedback and recommendations of key practitioners, scientists and subject experts at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO , International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) , ICRAF , the CGIAR , Masters of Development Practice at Emory University and many local development partners. It was greatly shaped by the many workshops, co-design events, farmer reflections, and testing sessions held throughout 2013 - 2014 as part of the social learning approach at CCAFS. Read about social learning and how the toolbox evolved here !

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Gender and Inclusion Quiz

We often think we know what gender, inclusion, and participation means but many of these "basic" concepts are more complicated than they seem. Test your knowledge and find out which topics you are a pro at and which ones you can brush up on!

Upcoming Events

October 15th, 2014 - Worldwide Webinar on Gender & Inclusion Toolbox
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Blog posts and news

Uncovering gender perceptions and beliefs in the hunt for climate information
This gender-difference in perceptions on roles and responsibilities did strike us as very interesting. It is hard however to tell which tale is the right one. Did the men really contribute as much as the women to the rope- and basket making as they had said.
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What does 'female empowerment' mean to women in Kenya?
The term 'empowered' usually refers back to an inner feeling of increased confidence, self-worth or knowledge. But as elusive as these feelings are, elusive is how it is. The term has even been accused of being a buzz word, hollow of real meaning and content. Read More
It takes a village to build climate-resilience
If rural villagers pulled together all available resources while working hard towards a common goal, would that lead to a more prosperous and climate-resilient tomorrow? Well, maybe, but first they would need to come together to see which skills are there. Read More
Sacrificing goats and cutting down trees. A tale of climate change causes and communication
Exactly how these activities contribute to a changing climate with less rain the women couldn't really explain. However, explaining the relationship between environmental degradation and climate change can be hard, even if you’ve received training.
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