Although there is increasingly scholarly work to mainstream gender in climate change adaptation literature, many studies are not grounded in lived experiences of poor women in the global South. This paper applies culture-centered approach to climate change adaptation literature by foregrounding the voices of lower-caste women farmers’ from low-income households in a semi-arid region in south India. Based on interviews and focus groups, we find that women farmers argue government policies, such as promoting genetically modified crops, negatively affects the adaptation strategies they already practice, for example, planting a variety of climate resilient food crops to adapt to increasing uncertainty in rainfall patterns. Adaptation research and policy-making need to foreground the voices of marginalized communities such as women farmer’s to frame, implement, and assess its outcomes, in the absence of which, such policies would most likely perpetuate the gender-inequalities, and hinder equitable social change.
Dr. Mohan J. Dutta recently shared his research experiences and reflections on Questions for Health Communicators: Tackling Income Inequality, Poverty, and Economics for this month’s Expert Insight in Coalition for Health Communication. Click here for the article.
Jagadish Thaker and Mohan Dutta provide a brief overview of scientific studies on Bt cotton in India, and propose a culture-centered approach to explore the impacts of Genetically Modified (GM) crops on health and economic well-being of farmers from low-income households in the Global South. Click here to read the full paper.