Due to changing climatic circumstances there is increasing uncertainty about the amount of agricultural produce any country can expect to achieve in particular seasons. As a result, there is a growing trend especially in developing countries to adopt and benefit from international trade as a coping strategy to overcome food shortages. Given the fact that much of the agricultural workforce is made up of women, the purpose of this paper is to highlight the need to develop an understanding of how agribusiness models of food security are affecting their livelihood opportunities, questions the validity of existing approaches to tackling the challenges of climate change and food security and describes a new approach to agricultural extension provision to overcome these challenges.
A description of trends related to agricultural growth, food security and the impact of climate variability on achieving this growth with special emphasis on poverty and gender is provided. This paper also provides an account of a new approach in tackling gender issues in the agricultural sector.
The poorest, most vulnerable farming communities and women farmers will not reap the benefits of global agricultural trade unless mechanisms are put in place to support them. A gender sensitive agricultural extension system is one support mechanism that can be used to design and develop meaningful programmes and help them to deal with climate change challenges that lie ahead.
This paper provides an overview of how agricultural extension systems need to adapt to provide gender equitable approaches to supporting the most vulnerable farming groups under changing climatic circumstances. For instance, at a micro level the ability to identify the changing needs of women farmers and at a macro level institutional reform.
Jafry, T. (2012), "Global trade and climate change challenges: A brief overview of impacts on food security and gender issues", International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Vol. 4 No. 4, pp. 442-451. https://doi.org/10.1108/17568691211277755Download as .RIS
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