After learning about climate change and how it will affect agriculture, how do you think it may affect men and women farmers differently where you work?
Let’s give this some thought.
How do men and women experience climate change? Which crops do men and women grow in the communities where you work? How have those crops been affected by climate change? How has this affected people’s livelihoods, incomes and nutrition? Are men and women affected differently?
N=200 men and 323 women
Researchers conducted a study in parts of Senegal and Uganda and asked men and women about climate change. Specifically, they asked men and women whether they noticed climate change and if so, what signs they saw.
This graph tells us that men and women in fact experience climate change differently. For example, it seems that many women in Uganda notice temperature increases and drought in larger numbers than men.
And it is very different in Senegal where men seem to notice rainfall patterns in larger numbers. Why do you think that is?
The answer may be that they are more concerned and aware of the signs of climate change that affect the crops they grow and the other economic and household activities they do.
As you can see, men seem to have more sources of information than women. Men and women also appear to get their information from very different sources. Men seem to have more access to extension agents, NGOs and participate in more community meetings, while for women, the most significant source of information, particularly in Senegal, is other family members and neighbors. Another important source of information for women in both countries is the radio. Why do you think this is?