Gender Climate Change & Agriculture in Africa

Think Tank created to generate,
disseminate and support the use of data,
information and knowledge on the gender,
climate change and agriculture nexus for a sustainable agricultural system and better livelihoods for smallholder women farmers in Africa

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Gender Climate Change & Agriculture in Africa

The GECA Research Institute is a newly formed Think Tank on gender, climate change and agriculture. The acronym GECA stands for ‘Gender Climate Change and Agriculture in Africa’. GECA was registered in December 2021 in Uganda as a Not for profit organisation, and the secretariat is hosted at ESIPPS International. The GECA Interim Board comprises members from four countries in Africa (Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda). GECA Secretariat is open to membership registration through a downloadable form.

The significance of Africa’s women in agriculture is demonstrated by their numbers in the agriculture labor force. Over 60% of the agricultural labour force in Lesotho, Mozambique, and Sierra Leone are women(AGNES 2020), and these continue to face far more constraints in agricultural production than their male counterparts. These include differential access to resources such as land, inputs and agricultural extension services, as well as competing gender roles which do influence the gender gap in productivity (IPCC 2019).

GECA Vision, Mission and Strategic Objectives

Vision: An informed and resilient agricultural system for Africa that integrates gender and climate change

Mission: To generate, disseminate and support the use of information and knowledge data and information on gender, climate change and agriculture nexus for a sustainable agricultural system and better livelihoods in Africa

Strategic Objectives: To support research, capacity building, advocacy and advisory services on gender, climate change and related disaster risk reduction (DRR) in different agricultural systems in Africa

In July 2021, the GECCAA promoters agreed to rebrand to Gender Climate Change and Agriculture in Africa (GECA), and have since;

Registered GECA as a company limited by guarantee in Uganda,

Established a GECA Interim Board which was inaugurated on 5th August 2021,

Developed a GECA Road Map (July-Dec 2021) that was approved by the Board, Agreed to establish a GECA Secretariat in Uganda, and with an Acting Executive Secretary to steer the inception activities.

GECA Membership

The completed application form, and proof of payment for membership dues should be sent electronically to the GECA Executive Secretary at gecari@esipps-int.org

Download application Form

GECA's Theory of Change

GECA envisions ‘An informed and resilient agricultural system for Africa that integrates gender and climate change’. The mission of GECA is ‘to generate, disseminate and support the use of data, information and knowledge on the gender, climate change and agriculture nexus for a sustainable agricultural system and better livelihoods for smallholder women farmers in Africa’.

Impact

Building the resilience of rural women to climate change impacts in Africa’s agricultural systems.

Long Term Outcomes

  • Rural women, youth, and other vulnerable groups adopt climate smart agricultural technologies for disaster risk reduction in Africa’s agricultural systems.
  • Gender mainstreaming in Africa’s agriculture applies scientific processes, approaches, and tools
  • Africa’s agricultural development is evidence based.

Intermediate Outcomes

  • Women, youth, and other vulnerable groups attain skills on climate smart agriculture and disaster risk reduction technologies.
  • Gender management is strengthened through science-based monitoring and assessment tools.
  • Gender responsive innovations in Africa’s agricultural system identified and upscaled

Outputs

  • Women, youths and other vulnerable persons trained
  • Experts database created
  • Online knowledge and information portal developed
  • Gender mainstreaming innovations and technologies are profiled

Assumptions

  • Gender equity in agriculture is the focus of Africa’s countries
  • Funding for gender related research is available
  • Rural women will adopt the knowledge generated to build resilience to climate impact in the Africa’s agricultural systems
  • Knowledge generated will inform policy and decision making

Get In Touch With Us.

Gender Climate Change and Agriculture in Africa (GECA), a regional non-profit organisation whose objective is to support research, capacity building, advocacy and advisory services on gender and disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Africa’s agricultural systems.

Where to Find Us

GECA Research Institute
Plot 160, Sr. Apollo Kagwa Rd, Makerere Kikoni

gecari@esipps-int.org +256(0)39-3-515-502