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COP22: Inclusive Climate Financing
Women in African countries rely heavily on environment-related livelihoods. As such, they are an under-tapped resource in climate change adaptation and mitigation and important partners in promoting and implementing climate-friendly farming techniques. The AfDB will continue to ensure that climate-smart financing contributes to increasing African women’s participation in climate change adaptation and mitigation, including increasing their access to: seed and grain production; green construction of farming plants, solar-powered irrigation, and vegetable-dehydrator plants; agroforestry technologies for crop and poultry projects; and horticulture. Providing the requisite funds to improve women’s access to climate-smart technologies could lead to positive impacts on women’s economic and social empowerment. The historic Paris agreement, unanimously adopted in 2015 at COP21, is a major first in that it explicitly refers to gender equality and women’s empowerment.