Inclusivity: Sustainability’s Powerhouse | RIO+ ISSUE BRIEF

ISSUE BRIEF | DECEMBER 2014 Authors: Leisa Perch (RIO+ Centre), UNDP No sustainable solution or Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) is feasible without paying careful attention to gender dynamics. This is the conclusion from a recent study conducted as as part of a partnership project on gender and climate-smart agriculture between the UNDP World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre) and the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN). An analysis of the findings is contained in a new Issue Brief available for download. “If policies are to succeed, they should be climate-smart, people-smart and gender-smart,” says Leisa Perch, Policy Specialist at the Rio+ Centre in Brazil. “Whilst governments have made a good start and some progress has been achieved, we can and should do more to ensure that gender is adequately accounted for at all levels.” The Rio+/FANRPAN partnership project is intended to support national and regional programs that improve livelihoods and food security benefits to at least 1.2 million small-scale farmers by promoting proven climate-smart agriculture (CSA) initiatives and policies in East and Southern Africa. The Brief synthesizes research conducted through a literature review, an in-depth look at policies, a survey and an online discussion convened amongst specialists, farmers, researchers and others.

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