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Role of Rural women in the fight against climate change

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Source: DTE


Various techniques used by women with examples are:

Aspect Examples of Rural Women’s Contributions to Climate Resilience
Agriculture In Odisha, women resurrect traditional crops that withstand frequent floods and droughts.
Watershed Management Women collectives in Nagpur use indigenous techniques to turn parched lands into fertile areas.
Seed Preservation Rural women in Telangana act as seed guardians, safeguarding native seeds against climate uncertainties.
Sustainable Fishing Fisherwomen cooperatives in coastal Karnataka advocate for regulated fishing practices and marine life sustainability.
Waste Management Rural women in coastal Karnataka lead circularity efforts, transforming kitchen waste into compost and promoting waste segregation and recycling.
Agroforestry Women farmers in the Malnad region practice agroforestry, intercropping native trees with traditional crops to combat erratic rainfall patterns and enhance soil fertility.
Community Influence Rural women actively participate in community decisions and drive movements, using their vote and voice as agents of change.
Call for Inclusivity Highlight the need to intertwine climate change and women’s rights narratives, making climate strategies comprehensive and inclusive.
Blueprint for Resilience The strength and wisdom of rural women offer valuable lessons for building climate resilience through inclusive and collaborative approaches.


There is a need to recognize and include the voices of rural women in climate action efforts, underscoring their valuable lessons and the importance of collaborative approaches for building climate resilience.

Usage: The examples can be used in Environment/ Mitigation against Climate Change Related Questions