The impact of climate variability and extreme weather events on gender: Gender vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies for improved household food security in Malawi

The challenge to achieving household food security is a combination of biological, physical, and social factors. However, social factors, gender in particular, have received a cursory attention in adaptation studies. This study argues that proper assessment of gender factors that can render household food insecure in times of climate variability, can lead to development of effective and appropriate adaptation strategies. The study outlines the gender vulnerability to climate variability and its implication on the household food security in Malawi. The key recommendation is therefore to consider gender capabilities and challenges in developing effective and appropriate adaptation strategies for ensuring household food security.
Le défi d’atteindre la sécurité alimentaire des ménages est une combinaison de facteurs biologiques, physiques et sociaux. Cependant, les facteurs sociaux, le genre en particulier, ont reçu une attention superficielle dans les études d’adaptation. Cette étude fait valoir que l’évaluation correcte des facteurs liés au genre qui peuvent rendre l’insécurité alimentaire des ménages en temps de la variabilité du climat, peuvent conduire au développement de stratégies d’adaptation efficaces et appropriées. L’étude met en évidence la vulnérabilité des genres à la variabilité climatique et ses implications sur la sécurité alimentaire des ménages au Malawi. La principale recommandation est donc de considérer les capacités des genres et les défis dans le développement de stratégies d’adaptation efficaces et appropriées pour assurer la sécurité alimentaire des ménages.
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Southern Africa
RUFORUM Conferences and Workshops
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"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme climate change".