The deterioration of natural resources displaces communities, especially women, from income generating activities while greatly adding to unremunerated work. In both urban and rural areas, environmental degradation results in negative effects on the health, well-being and quality of life of the population at large, especially girls and women of all ages .
Understanding the consequences of natural resource deterioration in rural areas, MikonoYetu strengthens the capacities of women and girls to manage natural resources while also mitigating the negative impacts of climate change. MikonoYetu promotes the diversification of energy sources, such as solar power and alternative cooking solutions (such as ‘Jiko Safi’, which uses jatropha seeds instead of charcoal and firewood).
In addition, MikonoYetu supports women to engage in sustainable beekeeping projects, which contributes in income generating activities while positively impacting the environment.
Overall, women have an essential role to play in the development of sustainable and ecologically sound consumption and production patterns and approaches to natural resource management.