In rural areas, women are likely to be the most affected by climate change due to heavy dependency on natural resource-based activities for their livelihoods and family well-being. Additionally, women lack access to resources such as land, credit, agricultural inputs, decision-making structures, technology, training, and extension services, increasing their vulnerability while reducing their capacity to adapt to climate change.

Many institutions are now making greater efforts to recognize gender-differentiated contributions and needs and are taking actions to involve women more meaningfully. However, funders and implementers have much more work to do to ensure that climate adaptation projects challenge power dynamics that marginalize women, demonstrate alternative and inclusive decision-making practices, and lead to equitable outcomes.  

Researchers from World Resources Institute are investigating the barriers, as well as the conditions necessary to facilitate the enabling conditions at the funder, implementer, and community levels for climate adaptation initiatives to be responsive to gender issues and to foster transformative social change. This investigation is focused on four aspects of agricultural adaptation: climate-smart agriculture, nature-based solutions, adaptation financing, and locally led adaptation.

Enhancing Women’s Agency in Agricultural Adaptation

Read a summary of four forthcoming working papers by World Resources Institute


NGO CSW is a convener of global civil society events during the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women. They are a coalition of NGOs, civil society organizations, and individuals concerned with gender equality and the rights and empowerment of women and girls.

WRI is presenting a series of events being held during the NGO CSW67 Forum, at which WRI researchers will share their preliminary findings and discuss barriers and enabling conditions for gender-responsive climate adaptation with experts engaged in funding and implementing this work.

Event 1: What’s Getting in the Way of Gender-Responsive Climate Adaptation? An Investigation of Barriers and Enabling Conditions

March 14th | 2:30pm – 4:00 pm EDT


Event 2: Strengthening Women’s Agency in Nature-Based Solutions and Climate-Smart Agriculture

March 15 | 10:00am EDT


Event 3: Unlocking the Money for Locally Led, Gender-Responsive Agricultural Adaptation

March 16th | 9:00 am EDT