Overcoming Gender Barriers to Accessing and Using Climate Information Services
Women play a unique role guaranteeing household food security and building resilience to shocks and stresses. While discussions at the intersection of gender equity/social inclusion and resilience often focus on the vulnerabilities of women, girls, and disadvantaged persons during disasters, these same individuals can also be powerful agents of resilience.
Women farmers, however, tend to have less access than men to climate information, a critical resource used to inform actions that can increase resilience to the negative impacts of climate change. Additionally, even when women do receive the information, they face constraints using it due to limited decision-making authority and limited access to productive land and financial resources, such as credit.
Join us as we discuss gender-related differences in climate information needs, access and use, and the downstream effects of these differences on climate adaptation responses and longer-term resilience.
Senior Gender Advisor
Bureau for Food Security/ USAID
Krista Jacobs is the Senior Gender Advisor in USAID's Bureau for Food Security, which coordinates Feed the Future. She is a development economist whose work focuses on gender, food security, and assets. Current and recent work includes advising agricultural projects on gender integration, program evaluation, developing methods to measure women’s and men’s land and asset rights, building gender capacity of community-based programs, and building the monitoring and evaluation capacity of local civil-society organizations. Her work has focused in East and West Africa. Dr. Jacobs holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis.
Program Manager for Climate Change and Resilience Research
Kristin Lambert is Mercy Corps’ Program Manager for Climate Change and Resilience Research on the Research & Learning team. In this role, she provides technical and programmatic support to grants focused on Climate Information Services and resilience learning. Prior to joining Mercy Corps, Kristin worked throughout sub-Saharan Africa on natural resource management, conservation and policy, including over three years in Liberia. She holds a Master’s in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and an MPP from the University of Virginia.
Senior Research Analyst
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Elizabeth Bryan is a Senior Research Analyst in the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) where she is conducts policy-relevant research on sustainable agricultural production, natural resource management, small-scale irrigation, climate change adaptation and gender. Her current work focuses on trade-offs and synergies across the intersection of climate-smart agricultural production, nutrition, gender, and the environment. Prior to joining IFPRI, Elizabeth worked as a consultant for the Poverty Reduction Group of the World Bank and the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has published numerous articles on climate change adaptation, gender and climate change and trade-offs in biomass energy uses in sub-Saharan Africa. Elizabeth holds an M.A. in International Development with a concentration in Development Economics from American University.
Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Tatiana Gumucio is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Columbia University in New York. At IRI, Tatiana is involved in investigation of the causes of gender differentials in access to and use of climate-related information; and the factors and conditions that can contribute to gender-transformative climate information services. She has worked in the past in the development of stakeholder engagement strategies to support policymakers to integrate gender in climate change adaptation and mitigation policies in Latin America. She received her Ph.D. and Master’s in anthropology from the University of Florida.
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