Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) in collaboration with University of Iceland has drilled Mchinji District Council officers on how climate change affects gender groups differently.
In an interview, Luanar researcher in gender and climate change Tasokwa Kakota said they wanted district officers to know about climate change and how to mitigate its effects on men, women, boys and girls.
He said: “When officers are planning programmes and policies to do with climate change, they should mainstream gender and take into consideration different problems that each gender group faces.”
Kakota said the workshop targeted officers because they are frontline people who create policies and deal with people at the grassroot level.
University of Iceland consultant for gender and equality study programme Audrey Ingolfsdottir stressed the need to understand climate change as a global challenge and how knowledge and experience sharing is crucial to mitigate its effects.
“The problem with climate change is that it is complicated science and far away from daily life. But everybody should be aware and put their share to the solution,” she said.
In his remarks, Mchinji District director of planning and development Noel Dakamau said the training was crucial in helping to mitigate the effects of climate change.