Climate-smart agriculture technologies bridge the gender productivity gap and improve food security in Tanzania

Mariam Ntungu tends to her crops

Climate change has severely affected Tanzania's agricultural sector, resulting in food insecurity and reduced crop productivity, particularly among women, who are 21% to 30% less productive than men. While the Government’s National Climate Smart Agriculture Programme (NCAP) aims to promote climate-smart technologies, challenges persisted for women farmers. A team of local PEP researchers conducted a study utilizing data from the Living Standard Measurement Survey Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) for Tanzania and NASA's MERRA-2 database to assess these challenges. They found that supporting women in accessing these CSA technologies could bridge the gender productivity gap. However, a comprehensive approach is needed to fully address the underlying gender inequalities and multifaceted challenges.

Find out more about the research methods, findings and policy recommendations in the following PEP publications:

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