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India: Women on the frontline of climate change

Women farmers in the hills and mountains of India are particularly vulnerable to climate change as rainfall becomes increasingly erratic

Climate change, as a global phenomenon, is hard to imagine. Those affected by it, and those finding ways to adapt, are often lost behind the demands of activists and the promises of governments. In the South Asian Himalayan region the faces of those people are overwhelmingly the faces of women. As men travel to the cities and even overseas to work, women now make up the majority of the labour on farms. The agriculture sector bears the brunt of climate change related effects – with more floods and droughts, new insects and diseases. To cope with these problems, women are exploiting new technologies, using new plants and changing the way that they approach work and labour.

thethirdpole.net commissioned a series of short documentaries from across South Asia to allow these brave warriors on the frontline of the battle with the effects of climate change, to tell their stories.

Also part of this series: 

Nepal’s female farmers talk of climate struggle

Pakistan: Women on the frontline of climate change