Investigating Climate Information Servicesthrough a Gendered Lens

This paper explores access to climate change-related information through a gendered lens.
Climate change is rapidly affecting the lives of farmers throughout the world, producing a
need for adaptive agricultural livelihoods strategies. A central mechanism in the development
of adaptive strategies to climate change is the strengthening and effective utilization of
information channels. The more relevant and useful the information is to the user, the better
the user may be able to adapt to changes in climate. Despite this critical need for accessing
climate-related information, many of the people who are most vulnerable to climate change
and environmental shocks are often on the periphery of receiving practical information. In this
paper, we show that women farmers are overwhelmingly left out of many forms of
communication channels. Thus, the purpose of this study is to identify instances in which
methods of communication are missing women and how to overcome these gaps. What we
propose is a context-dependent hybridization of traditional methods of communication, which
are familiar to communities, and modern technologies, which can be expedient in sharing new
scientific climate knowledge with farmers.

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