Enhancing local sensitivities to climate change impacts and adaptation capacities of smallholder farmers: a gender perspective

Project by Dr. Ayansina Ayanlade

The main aim of this research is to examine the local sensitivities to climate change impacts on water availability and assess the multi-risk of extreme climatic events in order to enhance the adaptation capacities of smallholder farmers, through a gender-integrated approach. The specific objectives of this study will be to:


  1. Consider the level of awareness of local people on climate change and their sensitivities. Here, local indicators of climate change impacts will be evaluated to describe the multi-hazards and multi vulnerabilities of these changes on water availability in rural communities. The major goal is to assess the level of awareness and sensitivities of local smallholder farmers‟ to climate change and farmers‟ preference for selected adaptation technologies and willingness-to-pay.
  2. Evaluate local farmers‟ sensitivities to climate variability/change in relation to infrastructure, emergency preparedness, and farm planning. The main goal here is to test whether particular perceptions of climate change/variability and their sensitivities are consistent with climatic trend analysis. evaluate gender sensitivities to climate change multi-hazards and their possible combinations, exposure, and vulnerability of these hazards to different elements at risk, and practical measure of potential consequences will be tested. This will involve the assessment of the nature and magnitude of risks that works through such interdependencies; and

The originality and innovative aspects of this research are such that climate change and gender multirisk relating to water scarcities in rural communities will be assessed while using participatory approaches to build the sensitivities of local smallholder farmers to climate change. The question here is beyond the question of “ who suffer more – male or female – during climate change/variability, unfortunately, remains relatively underexplored in climate multi-risk studies”. This research focuses beyond whether women or men are more affected by climate change, but rather the study will consider how the gendered responsibilities and needs of all community members can help everyone's wellbeing and overall community resilience to climate change. Since women's economic income and care contributions are often under measured and under-recognized in many rural communities in Africa, they are sometimes ignored and can prove to be binding constraints on community wellbeing and their resilience to climate change. This proposed research will offer an in-depth description of multi-risk and the nature of domestic climate change policies and uses gendered-lens to examine the policies impacting climate change adaptation and mitigating multi vulnerabilities.