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Gender and Climate Resilient Communities Initiative (GCRCI)

One of the key components of this project is to build the capacity of women smallholder farmer’s enterprises, particularly those relying on mango produce, followed by more diversified enterprises, to ensure that they take part in the local economy and decision-making of the community. These diversified enterprises will be developed with participatory methodologies to ensure women, rather than just men, in the communities are able to determine viable, culturally appropriate and marketable additions to the mango enterprises.

With agriculture being one of South Africa’s key economic drivers, GenderCC SA have partnered with farming cooperatives in different regions to reduce poverty through increased climate resilience and reduced climate vulnerability of grassroots communities.

Mango farming has been identified as a key to unlocking this value chain with 6000 smallholder farmers in the Hebron district (North West) and Vhembe district (Limpopo) earmarked to supply high quality drought resistant green mango varieties, produced in a sustainable way to the Hebron Mango Tree Owner Primary and Vhembe Agro-Processing Cooperatives. The project will focus on critical sectors such as water, ecosystem resource, energy and agriculture amongst others.

The key driving force will be to enhance and create a conducive environment for Climate Smart Enterprises with a bias on women led enterprises in the communities of Hebron, Madibeng Municipality, North West and Mutale, Vhembe District in Limpopo.

The Project subscribes to a number of United Nations (UN) Sustainable developmental Goals (SDG’s) and is supported by the Government of Flanders. (GCRCI Document)

This project will integrate gender throughout all the activities because in most instances the poor, majority of whom are women, are more vulnerable to climate change due to their limited resources and as a result, it is harder for them to adapt to the changing environment.

Within South Africa, women and girls in the rural areas are most immediately affected by climate change because they are likely to have the least access to resources to manage the changes.

Climate change worsens existing vulnerabilities and gender inequalities and ads to the pressures on the environment and natural resources on which so many South Africans directly rely.

These existing gender differential impacts of climate change are attributed to existing inequalities between men and women in South Africa such as unequal access to resources, gendered division of labor and decision-making power which affects the ability to respond to the effects of climate change.

Gender into
Urban Climate Change
Initiative (GUCCI)

Through capacity building and the development of policy recommendations, the project seeks to strengthen citizens’ capacity to intervene in local government planning processes and get involved in implementation, thereby enhancing the sustainability, effectiveness, social and environmental co-benefits, equity, inclusiveness and acceptability of local mitigation and adaptation policies. In a joint working process, the project partners are developing a methodology to assess local policies for their ability to mitigate, and adapt to the impacts of, climate change, and integrate gender aspects. This involves the preparation of training materials, designing and implementing capacity building programmes in each country, and working with local partners to assess the policies of each pilot city.

For each city, the partners will identify key issues and priorities, develop local strategies for communication and advocacy, and a campaign or concrete project will be undertaken. They will then work with citizens and local policy-makers to push for changes in local climate policy, by getting involved in planning processes, offering gender training for climate policy makers, organising stakeholder workshops on urban climate policy and reaching out to media.

Project facts (GUCCI Document)

In each country, emphasis will be placed on the common challenges faced by cities, and on policies that have the potential to address both climate change and gender equality, such as access to clean and affordable energy and transport services for all, and enhancing resilience, in particular in informal settlements. Action on adaptation will need to respond to the different circumstances of the various cities, which will be reflected in differing priorities, such as flooding in the coastal cities in Indonesia and drought in the inland cities in South Africa.

An essential element of the work process is international collaboration to help develop the skills of the national partners and collaborate on producing generic methodologies, tools and training materials. Assisted by GenderCC, partners will share information through a global learning platform throughout the project and provide peer advice.


The project is thus expected to contribute to the promotion of cross-sectoral, long-term, transitional low-carbon development strategies at local level. Finally, a thorough analysis of the results of the monitoring, achievements, success factors and obstacles and lessons learned will lead to recommendations and further dissemination.

The pilot cities are intended to serve as models for other cities. In order to spread the information, the national partners will work with further local groups and ensure the dissemination of methods, training materials, lessons learned and recommendations, in order to replicate and scale up the programme within their countries or region. Dissemination workshops, videos and an e-learning course will support outreach.