CHAPTER 5. ICT IN A CHANGING CLIMATE: A PATH TO GENDER-TRANSFORMATIVE FOOD SECURITY

This chapter reviews women’s access to and use of climate and agriculture information; it provides examples of successful strategies for reaching women, and suggestions for further research and programming to promote gender equality.

ICTs can play an important role in facilitating support to women in the critical areas defined by FAO for food security: livelihood support, reducing women’s workloads, ensuring protection from gender-based violence, and equitable access to resources and services.


ICT and information services have the potential to promote gender equality and empowerment of rural women, if they contribute to needs and priorities of both women and men in rural areas and increase their resilience to cope with climate change. Currently, however, information is not reaching women farmers adequately.


“Mixed” approaches may provide the most successful means to reach women with agriculture and climate information, in view of women’s low resource access and the widespread gender norms that inhibit women’s information access. Intermediary organisations, such as farmer associations and women’s organisations, also serve as important avenues for women’s information access.

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