Toward gender transformative change in agrifood systems faced with climate change

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The International Association of Feminist Economics (IAFFE) 2023 conference will take place from July 5-8 in Cape Town, South Africa. The 2023 conference theme, Envisioning Feminist Economics Strategies for an Equitable and Sustainable World, recognizes the contributions that feminist economists have made to developing and advancing our understanding of alternative economic frameworks and strategies that are aimed at reducing inequalities within and between countries, achieving gender and social justice and environmental sustainability. 

This conference brings together academics, practitioners, advocacy groups, and policymakers from around the world to present their visions of what a world defined by the principles of feminist economics would look like. The conference will facilitate deliberations on alternative theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence regarding strategies adopted by feminists. It will provide a space for debates on policy proposals on what steps are and could be taken to realize these visions.


Climate change affects men and women in different ways. Structural inequalities (formal and informal) limit women’s access to resources, services, and agency, which means women are more negatively affected by climate change or have more limited resilience capacities. If climate-smart and climate-resilient interventions do not adequately take gender differences into account, they might exacerbate gender inequalities in food systems.

The CGIAR Gender Impact Platform is a part of this year’s IAFFE conference and has organized a symposium on Saturday, July 8th, to answer the question of how we can enable gender and social transformative change in agrifood systems so that they become more just, sustainable, and climate-resilient.

The CGIAR Initiative on Climate Resilience (ClimBeR) Gender Focal Point – Mary Ng’endo Kanui from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), will participate in the symposium. Her presentation on “Building climate resilience: using a gendered intersectionality lens for increased uptake of climate-smart agricultural (CSA) practices,” will show how using an intersectionality lens can contribute to a more nuanced understanding of the uptake of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices in agri-food systems.  The presenter will share a case study of community leaders with a mix of socio-cultural-economic indicators from two Indigenous groups – the Ogiek and Endorois people of Baringo County, located in Kenya’s Rift Valley region, who are predominantly forest dwellers and pastoralists, respectively.

Presentation Title CGIAR Speaker Related resource(s)

Fostering an enabling environment for equality and empowerment in agri-food systems: An assessment at multiple scales.

Els Lecoutere, Science Officer, CGIAR GENDER Platform

Addressing gender inequalities and strengthening women’s agency to create more climate-resilient and sustainable food systems

Muzna Alvi, Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Policy and negotiations for climate action

Aina-Maria Iteta, Economist at MAWF

Building climate resilience: using a gendered intersectionality lens for increased uptake of climate-smart agricultural (CSA) practices

Mary Ng’endo Kanui, Gender Focal Point, CGIAR Initiative on Climate Resilience (ClimBeR), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)