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#94534
2013-07-10

Korogwe women earn living from beekeeping

Rehema Mbaruku (45) is one of the happiest women in Foroforo village located 48 kilometres from Korogwe district headquarters in Tanga region.

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#94426
2013-06-27

Focus on Gender: Working to raise the productivity of women farmers

Amid the current debates around hunger, food security and nutrition, some international development experts are calling for the 'gender gap' to be closed. [1] What does this mean and how can it be done? The World Bank may have the answer.

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#94428
2013-06-27

Agriculture Leans on Japanese Women

TOKYO, Jun 26 2013 (IPS) - Yukako Harada, an energetic 29-year-old, is part of a small but determined band of women farmers working hard to revitalise Japan’s moribund agricultural sector, which is feeling the crunch of an ageing population and a flood of cheap imports.

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#93738
2013-05-17

Uganda: UN Boss Hails Women Conservation Project

A women's fish farming project that emphasises conserving biodiversity on Lake Victoria, has been hailed by the UN Development Programme Administrator, Helen Clark.

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#93581
2013-05-09

Women are 'key drivers' in climate change adaptation

Plans to protect ecosystems and help people adapt to climate change ― also known as ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) ― must involve vulnerable groups, including women and communities greatly hit by global warming if they are to succeed, according to scientists who met in Tanzania last month (21- ...

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#93434
2013-04-26

Focus on Gender: Give women a say in dryland protection

Results of a study presented this month revealed that the economic value of dryland ecosystems is higher in developing than developed countries, putting pressure on policymakers to prioritise dryland conservation in low-income nations.

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#93401
2013-04-24

Are women better custodians of biodiversity?

The Agroforestry and Forestry in Sulawesi (AgFor) project works for improved, sustainable and gender-equitable use of agroforestry and forestry products. Improving smallholder systems and markets through projects emphasizing the productivity and sustainability of forestry and agroforestry,

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#93153
2013-04-09

Water Shortage Hits Pacific Women

HONIARA, Solomon Islands, Apr 8 2013 (IPS) - The Solomon Islands, a developing island nation in the south-west Pacific Islands, has one of the highest urbanisation rates in the region, and the basic service infrastructure is struggling to cater for the influx of people from the provinces to the ...

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#93155
2013-04-09

Women take over Kenya's farming sector

According to the World Bank, women make up 80 percent of Kenya's farmers. Despite their majority, they still have many challenges to overcome, like gaining ownership of the land they work.

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#92642
2013-03-08

International Women’s Day: Women Explorers

Here at National Geographic, we’d like to celebrate International Women’s Day by highlighting favorite quotes from our women explorers. Whether they are educating young girls in Africa, or searching for fossils in Madagascar with their two young children, we are proud to support their work.

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#92643
2013-03-08

The Women Who Feed the World

On Fadiouth Island in Senegal, the women rise early each day to tend to children and domestic chores before beginning their work transforming local millet into couscous.

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#92562
2013-03-04

Sharing the caring for the future: An environmental gender agenda

MAN is tampering with the buttons of the world’s climate machine and pushes the global ecosystem ever further to its limits. Or is it me

News Headlines
#91814
2013-01-18

Rural Water Projects Depend on Women

POLONNARUWA, Sri Lanka, Jan 17 2013 (IPS) - During the dry season, when dirt roads are cracked from the relentless heat, the sight of women walking miles, balancing pots of water on their heads, is common in rural Sri Lanka.

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#91313
2012-11-28

Taking the Knowledge of Doha Back to Kenya’s Rural Communities

DOHA, Nov 28 2012 (IPS) – The skyscraper Qatari capital city of Doha is a far cry from Cecilia Kibe’s home in Turkana district, a remote area in Kenya inhabited by mostly nomadic communities and pastoralists hit hard by the effects of climate change.

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#91268
2012-11-26

Fewer women speak at science conferences

DAVIS, Calif., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- There is a disparity in women participating in science conferences, even in science fields dominated by female researchers, U.S. researchers say.

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#90971
2012-10-30

Inequality deepens climate challenge for India's women farmers

Being a women farmer in India isn’t easy at the best of times, due to unequal land rights, a lack of training and limited access to affordable credit. Now changing climate patterns are making it even harder.

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#90023
2012-09-04

Women Spend 40 Billion Hours Collecting Water

STOCKHOLM, Aug 31 2012 (IPS) - As the weeklong international conference on water concluded Friday, it was left to one of the keynote speakers from the United Nations to focus on a much neglected perspective on water and food security: the role of women.

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#89933
2012-08-27

“The Truth is That All Problems Have Solutions” – Even Climate Change in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Aug 24 2012 (IPS) - Eight years ago Kenbesh Mengesha earned an uncertain income collecting firewood from local government forests and selling them to her fellow slum-dwellers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She would earn on average about 50 cents a day, if she was lucky.

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#89887
2012-08-23

Cameroon enlists women in reforestation effort

While Cameroon’s green forest canopies appear to stretch out endlessly over the horizon, they are in fact getting smaller every year.The government is hoping that the west Central African nation’s women can come to their rescue.

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#89754
2012-08-13

Counting on women in development

Gender analysis must become integral to development policy. But the first step is to count women in, says UNCSTD gender adviser Shirley Malcom.

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#89611
2012-08-02

Women 'are the foot soldiers of climate change adaptation' - expert

In 2006, when the Asian Development Bank (ADB) decided to launch a multi-million dollar rural water project in eastern and north central regions of Sri Lanka, there was one overriding requirement – women would be placed in key positions.

News Headlines
#88999
2012-06-28

Uganda: The Interplay Between Gender and Climate Change

A United Nations Development Program Report of 2008 states that 83% of people who die due to impacts brought about by climate change disasters are women.

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#88971
2012-06-27

UN to survey gender sensitivity of science policies

The Commission on Science and Technology (CSTD), in collaboration with the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), plans to publish a series of case studies highlighting best practice in gender equality policies in science, technology and innovation (STI) of governments around the world.

News Headlines
#88959
2012-06-26

Rio Conventions Pavilion Highlights Progress in Gender Mainstreaming

20 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened for Gender Mainstreaming Day at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

News Headlines
#88693
2012-06-15

Nepal’s Female Farmers Fear Climate Change

DANG, Nepal, Jun 15 2012 (IPS) - When Arati Chaudhary’s husband left for India to find work as a migrant labourer, the job of managing farm and family fell on her slender shoulders.

News Headlines
#88647
2012-06-14

Q&A: Women Must Be at the Forefront of Rio+20, and Beyond

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 13 2012 (IPS) - Unlocking women’s energies and allowing them to become drivers of change could fuel the motor of sustainable development.

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#88430
2012-06-07

Women Fight Blows from Climate Change with Sewing Machines and Eggs

VERAPAZ, El Salvador, Jun 6, 2012 (IPS) - Amanda Menjívar is moved by the sight of the 16 sewing machines donated to help a group of local women set up a sewing centre to get over the devastating effects of the disaster caused by Hurricane Ida in the Salvadoran town of Verapaz.

News Headlines
#87854
2012-05-11

Africa: Women Farmers Are Key to a Food-Secure Region

While women constitute the majority of food producers, processors and marketers in Africa, their role in the agricultural sector still remains a minor one because of cultural and social barriers.

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#87564
2012-05-01

Energy Forests, the Feminine Art of Reforesting

SAN JULIÁN, El Salvador, Apr 30, 2012 (IPS) - María Elena Muñoz industriously weeds a clearing in the forest and then digs several holes, where she and another four dozen women are planting plantain seedlings, to help feed their families in this poor farming area in El Salvador.

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#87031
2012-04-03

Payments for Environmental Services Skip Rural Women in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Apr 2, 2012 (IPS) - Despite the key role they play in caring for natural resources in the face of climate change, rural women in Mexico do not benefit from payments for environmental services, say activists and experts.

News Headlines
#86492
2012-03-09

Women Weather Climate Change

MANILA, Mar. 8, 2012 (IPS) - As the world commemorates International Women’s Day today, women around the globe are speaking out on various issues that affect them. In light of recent natural disasters and calamities in the Philippines, women are increasingly citing climate change as one of their ...

News Headlines
#86368
2012-03-05

KENYA: Microloans, Greenhouses Help Women Cope with Climate Change

NAIROBI, Mar 2 2012 (IPS) - At Gakoromone Market in Meru, in Kenya’s Eastern Province, Ruth Muriuki arrives in a pickup full of tomatoes and cabbages despite the scarcity of rainfall in the area, thanks to the greenhouse technology she uses on her farm – and microcredit.

News Headlines
#86175
2012-02-27

Rural Women Are Leading the Way – Will the World Follow? – Part 1

ANANTPUR, India/BARIND TRACT, Bangladesh, Feb 25 2012 (IPS) - Agriculture currently provides a livelihood for roughly 1.3 billion smallholder farmers and landless workers, of which nearly half – close to 560 million – are women.

News Headlines
#84397
2011-12-08

Women Turn Waste Into Wealth

KOVALAM, India, Dec 8, 2011 (IPS) - Standing on the shimmering white beach and gazing out at the turquoise blue waters of the Arabian sea, it is hard to believe that a decade ago this international tourist destination was under siege by mounting heaps of garbage.

News Headlines
#84284
2011-12-05

Climate Change Killing Womens' Livelihoods

DURBAN, South Africa, Dec 5, 2011 (IPS) - Talata Nsor, a 54-year-old woman from Bolgatanga community in Northern Ghana, has been weaving the cultural Bolga baskets, which are named after her community, her entire life.

News Headlines
#83756
2011-11-16

Rural Women Share Their Trials and Wisdom

CUZCO, Peru, Nov 15, 2011 (IPS) - "This year the freeze killed my crops, our small livestock died, and now I can't even sleep because I'm worried sick thinking about how to put food on my family's table, since I'm a widow," said Rosaura Huatay, an indigenous farmer in Peru's northern Andes highl ...

News Headlines
#83703
2011-11-15

Mexican Women Demand Climate Justice

MEXICO CITY, Nov 14, 2011 (IPS) - After two weeks without water, the taps finally started running again in the home of Araceli Salazar and her neighbours in the poor, crowded neighbourhood of Iztapalapa on the east side of the Mexican capital.

News Headlines
#83607
2011-11-10

Bangladeshi Women on the Brink

NOAKHALI, Nov 10 , 2011 (IPS) - Char Nongolia village is a basket case when it comes to climate change impacts such as increasing salinity, frequent cyclones, tidal surges, erratic rainfall and extended droughts.

News Headlines
#83585
2011-11-09

Nepali Women Live With Climate Terror

CHARIKOT, Dolakha , Nov 9, 2011 (IPS) - Suntali Shrestha wrings her hands in tension and despair as she recounts how she has been spending sleepless nights fearing that the flood alarm in her village would go off while she slept and she would be submerged.

News Headlines
#83023
2011-10-20

The Woes of Women Amid Climate Change

ACCRA, Oct 19, 2011 (IPS) - As streams dry out, groundwater levels dwindle, and forests and other vegetation yield to droughts or sever storms, women who live their lives in the rural areas of Ghana have to spend more time and energy finding water and food for their families.

News Headlines
#82974
2011-10-19

Gender Deserted at Drylands Meet

CHANGWON, Oct 19, 2011 (IPS) - Delegates to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification’s (UNCCD) meeting underway in this South Korean city are convinced that women, though affected most by desertification, hold the key to addressing hunger through land regeneration.

News Headlines
#82820
2011-10-13

Women in Rural Argentina Speak Out on Climate Change

RESISTENCIA, Argentina, Oct 13, 2011 (IPS) - Rural and indigenous women in northern Argentina, hit hard by the expanding agricultural frontier, deforestation and the spraying of toxic pesticides, spoke out about their problems and set forth proposals for discussion at the next global summit on c ...

News Headlines
#82689
2011-10-07

Girls are key to food security in poor countries, report says

Adolescent girls and women are fundamental to unlocking the full potential of agricultural development and feeding the world, according to Chicago thinktank

News Headlines
#82663
2011-10-06

GM brings benefits to women cotton farmers in Colombia

The reasons for adopting genetically modified (GM) crops differ for men and women, as do levels of access to information on GM farming, and understanding these differences may benefit women and their families, a study of cotton farmers in Colombia has found.

News Headlines
#82443
2011-09-29

Councilwomen Fight Climate Change in Land of Melting Glaciers

LIMA, Sep 28, 2011 (IPS) - Some symbolic acts are powerful reflections of a broader struggle. In March some 300 women planted trees in the Santa River basin in northwest Peru to demonstrate their determination to preserve the environment and help adapt to climate change.

News Headlines
#82208
2011-09-22

Finland - Minister Heidi Hautala: key note -speech in the High Level meeting ‘Gender Policy & Rio Conventions’

The Gender Policy Framework and Action Plan for the UNCCD and the Mainstreaming of Gender within the Three Rio Conventions

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#81933
2011-09-13

Women Coffee Farmers Seize a Plastic Lifeline

PENLYNE CASTLE, Sep 12, 2011 (IPS) - Jamaica's Blue Mountains are coffee country. Here, up among the clouds, farmers produce one of the world's most exclusive brands of boutique coffees.

News Headlines
#81842
2011-09-08

Nepali Women Sow a Secure Future

KATHMANDU, Sep 7, 2011 (IPS) - Learning a lesson from crop failures attributed to climate change, Nepal’s women farmers are discarding imported hybrid seeds and husbanding hardier local varieties in cooperative seed banks.

News Headlines
#81159
2011-08-09

Women need greater say in dealing with drought - officials

LONDON (AlertNet) – A lack of women in policymaking is worsening the impact of the Horn of Africa drought, U.N. and aid agency officials say.

News Headlines
#80795
2011-07-26

Tribal Women Take on Forest Ranger Roles

DHAKA, Jul 26, 2011 (IPS) - Jasinta Nokrek loves nothing better than to range through the dense Modhupur forest, the way her Garo tribal ancestors have always done.

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