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Geeta Bhattrai Bastakoti

Gender and Climate Services Analyst - SSA, Livelihoods

My role at ICIMOD

As there are gender aspects to the provisioning and access of climate services, I explore the interlinkages between the providers and both men and women users and non-users of climate services. Understanding those interlinkages then helps me to suggest pathways for more gender- and socially-inclusive climate services through research, engagment and disemmination. In our current content, with increased climate shocks and events, climate services can provide solutions to communities for preparedness through information disemmination on weather and agriculture disaster and markets, but they can be more accessible to women and marginalized groups when they are developed and used with sensitivity to the particular needs of these groups.

Geeta Bhattrai Bastakoti

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How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

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Through my research, knowledge generation, capacity building and linking work across scales of communities, regions and environments, I focus on gender, social equality and wellbeing, all elements of which are important for protecting the pulse of the planet.

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What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?

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The thing I most enjoy at ICIMOD is teamwork across the livelihood theme and support from within the team.

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What are you passionate about?

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I am passionate about travelling to see nature and understanding people, cultures and food. I am also very fond of reading interesting publications, cooking, eating and I love dancing although I am not a perfect dancer.

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My qualifications

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I am an interdisciplinary field researcher and practitioner focusing working more than 10 years on gender and social issues around climate change, food security, natural resource management, agriculture and sustainable development in Nepal and South East Asia. I earned a Master’s degree from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand with a specialization in gender and development and a Bachelors’ degree in Commerce and Management, from the University of Mumbai, India. My Master’s thesis focused on gender dimensions of participation and benefit sharing of  community forest management in Nepal. I am close to completing my PhD from the Asian Institute of Technology in gender and development. My dissertation title is ‘Gender implications of climatic variability and food security in Nepal’. I am a 2014-15 Fellow of the Climate Food and Farming – Global Research Alliance Development Scholarship (CLIFF-GRADS) programme.