UN Women helps to protect China’s rural women from the impacts of climate change
Author: UN Women China
Beijing, China — The world is facing a broad range of daunting challenges of climate change, including environmental degradation and depletion of water resources, which in turn exacerbate rural poverty and hurt the livelihoods of rural women. UN Women’s Gender Dimensions of Vulnerability to Climate Change in China report in 2016 found that women are more vulnerable than men to the adverse impacts of climate change.
On 3 September, UN Women launched the Qinghai Woman Farmers’ Income Security project in Xining Municipality of Qinghai Province in China. Also participating in the launch were representatives of International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy of Chinese Academy of Science (CCAP), Qinghai Poverty Alleviation and Development Bureau, Qinghai Women’s Federation, Xining and Haidong municipalities, the local government in Minhe, Huangyuan and Huzhu Counties, and local communities.
The project aims to empower the women socially and economically and strengthen their ability to tackle climate challenges by using knowledge, skills, technology and financial resources. This includes enhancing agricultural productivity and the women’s participation in efforts to adapt to climate change.
This three-year poverty alleviation project is funded by UN Women in partnership with IFAD and is being implemented by CCAP. It covers seven pilot counties in Liupanshan in Qinghai and will benefit approximately 40,000 rural women. The project also will help to establish schools for local farmers and networks of female farmers in the counties.
Sun Yinhong, Programme Officer of IFAD, hosted the project launch ceremony, at which the partner institutions and local community representatives discussed the project’s development and action plan in detail.
Wang Qing, Programme Officer of UN Women, discussed the formulation and design of the project. Zhang Linxiu, Director of CCAP, gave details on operational support and project implementation. The representatives from local governments and villages discussed the needs of specific localities in tackling the negative impacts of climate change on agriculture and female farmers.
Qinghai Poverty Alleviation and Development Bureau and Qinghai Women’s Federation agreed to provide full support for implementation of the project.
For further information:
Please contact: Mingming Liu
UN Women China Office