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Policy

09 Apr, 2014

Alok Ranjan, Agriculture Production Commissioner, Uttar Pradesh

"Womens self-help groups can act as farmer producer groups to access credit, seeds, fertilizers and pesticides. The National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM)  provides for  this. The benefits of dairy programmes mainly go to women as they perform the major labour  though generally, I agree, more women-centric  schemes are needed.  It will be good to introduce gender budgeting as this will help departments evolve more gender-centric provisions." (May, 2013).

Policy

09 Apr, 2013

Jai Raj, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Uttarakhand

“Erratic rainfall is of no use to our agriculture. Men have started migrating because agriculture is losing productivity. So women have to look after their children, manage agriculture, livestock and fetch water which is becoming more and more distant. If women do not have time to take care of children, the children’s care, health and education will suffer. So clearly climate change will hit women harder." (November, 2012).

Policy

10 Apr, 2014

Dr. A.K. Sikka, Deputy Director General (Natural Resource Management), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi

"Central sector insurance schemes for crops and livestock must address the holistic issue of climate change vulnerability, agriculture and gender through a portfolio insurance for livelihoods because adaptive farming is about a basket of diverse agriculture-based activities. Development sector schemes contribute towards coping with climate change but adaptation expenditure is about building ecological and livelihood resilience. We need to address this matter." (March, 2014).

Policy

14 Apr, 2014

Arti Srivastave, Directorate of Women Welfare, Uttar Pradesh

“The Department of Women Welfare has been trying hard to bring all the women welfare related programmes and schemes under a single one. However, we have also been facing several challenges. Moreover, there is no interdepartmental coordination within the government. For instance, with regard to agriculture and livestock benefits for women, the Department of Women Welfare doesn’t have any linkage with the Department of Animal Husbandry.” (October, 2013).

Policy

09 Sep, 2013

Manohar Dubey, Executive Director, Environmental Planning & Coordination Organisation, Madhya Pradesh

"Gender Budgeting should start from the planning process so that women benefit the most. Only then will allocation of finance equal the labour put in by women, in all the different sectors that directly relate to them. Government has schemes that focus on the individual and those that focus on families. While women are very much part of families, there is a need to consider more individual focused schemes for women, rather than believing that all family-focused schemes will also benefit women." (September, 2013).

Policy

10 Apr, 2014

Padmaja Mehta, Senior Economic Adviser, National Mission for Empowerment of Women, New Delhi

"There is now a lot of talk on climate change but agricultural impacts on women following climate change have been ignored. Women do suffer more than men. They do most of the back‎-breaking work. I do support the findings of Alternative Futures' research on this issue. If we talk about inclusiveness, then women need to be given more voice in capacity building, decision-making and ownership of land among other things. I feel more research should be carried out on this issue"  (March, 2014).

Policy

09 Sep, 2013

Lokendra Thakkar, Coordinator Climate Change Division Environmental Planning & Coordination Organisation, Madhya Pradesh

"Madhya Pradesh's climate action plan focuses on inclusive growth and takes into account the environmental implications and incorporates gender dimensions because this was done during the consultation stage itself. The training module Gender needs to be incorporated into the planning and budgetary process. Capacity building process should be such that anyone who engages with the planning process can understand and incorporate gender rather than rely on an outside expert to make a gender responsive plan. This will not work in the case of districts (zilla) and  blocks where gender budgeting needs to be well understood by those who make plans. The strategy should be to have the panchayat members come together and plan for adaptation while addressing gender issues."  (September, 2013).

Policy

10 Apr, 2014

Dr. Y. G. Prasad, Principal Scientist (Entomology), Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad

"Seed is a very serious constraint after droughts when farmers are unable to plant crops in rainfed areas. In the last 10 years we have seen 3 droughts - very widespread, significant droughts. Availability of seed is critical to adaptation. I think farm-saved seeds are key for adaptation following droughts and women have a great role to play in this.” (March, 2014).

 
 

National Policy

22 Dec, 2015

Mainstreaming Gender in Climate Policy: A multimedia presentation

This multimedia presentation shows how women put in more effort and perform more tasks both in the household and in the field but do not have a significant role in decision-making. The vulnerability of women to the climate impacts is high as more than two-third of the agricultural work is done by them. Statistics show how women in more time and labour into adaptive agriculture compared to men, but most of their farm holdings are smaller. The presentation includes what some climate policy makers are suggesting to mainstream gender in India's State-level climate policies.

Policy

21 Dec, 2015

Aditi Kapoor, Director (Policy and Partnerships), Alternative Futures at COP21, Paris

“As we were basing our discussions at COP21on INDCs, we may not have enhanced ambitions in the final Agreement. Lack of enhanced ambitions will restrict the work on adaptation which itself is a limiting sector. In the context of means of implementation, there are limits to finance and technology especially in India. Enhanced ambitions would provide effective adaptation and means of implementation.” (December 2015)

National Policy

22 Dec, 2015

Recommendations for India's Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) from Practitioners and Researchers

The policy document brings together climate adaptation and disaster resilience in India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and it was shared with Environment Minister, Mr Prakash Javadekar, MoEF&CC.
Impact of climate change in an agrarian and highly disaster-prone country like India is drastic. To tackle the climate change impacts the INDCs must factor in the point that each and every person in the country is made resilient and adaptive to the change. 
This policy document summarises the strength of India on which it can build on adaptation. The document also highlights the means of implementation like holistic financing, building capacities of institutions and communities, converging departments like Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) for effective outcome at the local level, prioritising gender-based adaptation, building technologies to improve monitoring and evaluation of gender-based adaptation, shifting from incentives to conservation agriculture with participatory planning, etc.  

National Policy

22 Dec, 2015

Recommendations for Indicators on Four Climate-related Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals

This policy document shares the recommendations of civil society groups working in the climate-related areas, researchers, policy makers and government representatives for the targets of climate related sustainable development goals. The recommendations were made in context of the final draft of 2030 agenda for sustainable development that was adopted by the world leaders at the UN Sustainable Development Summit scheduled from September 25-27, 2015 in New York.

Awards

10 Dec, 2015

Gender-Just Climate Solutions Awards: Alternative Futures's work on Gender and Climate Change gets recognised by Women and Gender Constituency at COP 21 in Paris

Our work on gender and climate change adaptation policy has been recognised by Gender-Just Solutions Awards. A photo-documentation based on the same work was released by the Environment Minister at the India Pavilion at Conference of Parties21 (COP21)  in Paris. 

State Policy

14 Nov, 2013

State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCCs)

State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCCs) include several existing policies, programmes and schemes across sectors related to climate change adaptation in agriculture and disaster management. These state-level policies and programmes are being analysed from a gender lens to understand how gender-responsive the SAPCCs are.

National Policy

14 Nov, 2013

National Policies and Climate Change Adaptation

A number of national policies, programmes and schemes are implemented in the State level, dwarfing in some sense the quantum and resources of State-level policies and programmes. Several of these national level policies and programmes have a gender component but how far are these able to help women adapt? Especially when there is a move towards ‘greening’ of these policies by focusing them on activities that will help rejuvenate natural resources and improve livelihoods of people dependent on them.