Tuesday 6
Critical Perspectives on ‘Knowledge for Adaptation' : The LKCCAP Project in the Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania
Thomas Smucker
› 10:25 - 11:20 (55min)
› Rondelet
Gender, local knowledge and adaptive strategies: Illustrations from Mwanga District, Tanzania
Elizabeth Wangui  1, *@  
1 : Department of Geography, Ohio University  (OU)  -  Website
122 Clippinger Labs - Department of Geography Ohio University Athens, OH 45701 -  États-Unis
* : Corresponding author

Session name: Critical Perspectives on ‘Knowledge for Adaptation': The LKCCAP Project in the Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania

In this paper, I explore how local gender practices mediate access to the knowledge that prepares men and women for climate change adaptation. I examine this through three research questions: What are the adaptation strategies practiced in Mwanga District? How do the residents of Mwanga District acquire the knowledge that would prepare them to fully benefit from the adaptation strategies that they practice? In what ways is this knowledge gendered? Data presented in the this paper was collected in Mwanga District between 2010 and 2013 through household interviews, key information interviews, focus group discussions and participant observation. The primary adaptation priorities identified by the communities in Mwanga differ from those practiced by women. Challenges that limit women's abilities to fully participate in climate change adaptation practices include access to information, resources such as land and water, as well as lower decision making power within their households. Some adaptive strategies easily accessed by women demonstrate differential vulnerability within the communities. In the context of existing patriarchal structures associated with gender inequality, understanding how vulnerable groups such as women access information and other assets that can enhance adaptive capacity is critical.

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