Araba Amo-Aidoo is a Mechanical Engineer currently pursuing her doctoral studies in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Kassel. In 2016, she was awarded the national best female engineer in Ghana and since 2015 has been a core member of Ghanas negotiation team for Conference of the Parties (COP).
4.12.19 | 14:30 - 17:00 Uhr | IN ENGLISH
"Climate Justice Workshop: Perspectives on Gender and Agriculture from the Global South"
Climate justice calls for action to address the ethical dimensions of climate change. Certainly we are all affected – however exposure to risk and vulnerability is exacerbated by poverty and other axes of power. Further those who have contributed most to accelerating processes related to climate change are usually not the first to be dealing with the consequences. For example, while wealthy consumers may have their food shipped from one country or another, smallholder farmers have a higher risk of hunger when there are erratic and more extreme weather patterns. We will first give an overview of the concepts of justice and then give examples focused on agriculture in Africa. Specifically, we will offer insights from fieldwork in northern Ghana regarding the impacts of water scarcity and women’s rural responsibilities. The topic of climate justice will move between local and global scales from how climate change is encountered in diverse people’s everyday lives to national level negotiations between countries at the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP) meetings. We conclude with a reflection about how injustices are perpetuated in current systems and then involving participants in envisioning practical actions for justice.