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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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).

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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 ...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ...

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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