A gendered analysis of perception and vulnerability to climate change among smallholder farmers: the case of Same District, Tanzania

  • Mnimbo T
  • Mbwambo J
  • Kahimba F
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Climate change affects women and men differently. However, there are few
location-specific studies that can support interventions or policy
development that can tackle this issue. To help build that body of
knowledge, this article looks at gender-differentiated vulnerability
among smallholder farmers in one sub-Saharan African country: Tanzania.
Data were collected through household questionnaires, key informant
interviews, and focus group discussions in Same District, northern
Tanzania. Results revealed notable inequalities distributed across
genders. Women bear the biggest burden from climate change impacts. For
example, women shoulder 63% of productive tasks, such as ploughing and
crop sowing, compared to 28% by men. On the other hand, resource
ownership and expenditure are male dominated. The results highlight the
need for governments and NGOs to address gender disparities in policies
designed to strengthen the capacity of households to cope with
vulnerability to climate change impacts.

Author-supplied keywords

  • SSA
  • Tanzania
  • climate change
  • gender
  • smallholder farmers
  • vulnerability

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  • Tatu Said Mnimbo

  • Jonathan Mbwambo

  • Frederick Cassian Kahimba

  • Siza Donald Tumbo

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