Study of the impact of climate change on agricultural activities and socio-economic rights of rural women in the DRC

By Angelique Mutombo | August 06th, 2013

Climate change is a major challenge for the development of agriculture and the conservation of natural resources in Africa. The increasingly unpredictable weather systems on the continent are a threat to food security and rural livelihoods on the fragile continent. Like most African countries, the Democratic Republic of Congo is also feeling the effects of climate change. In the socio-economic sector, farmers in general, and rural women in particular are seeing a decrease in their agricultural production and are posing questions on how to understand the factors underlying and trying to find responses to address them. Five (5) provinces have been chosen as case studies essentially justified by their agricultural use, accessibility and representativeness of geographic areas. This project will analyze the strategies of adaptation and resilience developed to support communities and particularly women to base their livelihoods and to cope with climate impacts.

The goal of this project is to assess the impact of climate change in the DRC in relation to the peasant/rural women as small scale farmers.

Specific objectives are to:

Assess the socio-economic and agricultural impact on crop yield and climate change in soil quality, water resources, fisheries and pastoral resources and on women’s farm work; and

Provide recommendations to adapt to climate change and, where appropriate, strategies to be implemented by government policies and programs.

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