Double trouble. The impact of climate change on the undignified lives and livelihoods of female estate workers in Sri Lanka

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The consequences of climate change are already a harsh reality in Sri Lanka. This study aims to explore the gendered impact of climate change on plantations workers in Sri Lanka. The central research question of this study is: ‘How do non-governmental organisations (NGOs) involved in the tea sector perceive the socio-economic implications of climate change on women workers of tea plantations in Sri Lanka?’. This study showed that climate change is directly and indirectly affecting the livelihood, vulnerability, and resilience of female plantation workers. On the macro-level there is awareness about the impact of climate change on the plantation sector. Many adaptation strategies are proposed, but there is a lot of overlap and a lack of cooperation. On the micro-level, plantations are not taking real action. If nothing changes, several social and economic problems are expected to exacerbate in the near future. NGO experts expect that this mainly concerns health problems, low productivity, low wages, food insecurity, poor physical resources, gender-based violence, and water shortage. With regards to the future perspectives of the female plantation workers, there is hope that new technological developments and changing perspectives will motivate the new generation to migrate to nearby cities and change the tide.
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