admin | May 23, 2016
Severe drought has placed more than 25 million Africans, particularly small-scale farmers and rural communities, at risk of food shortages and hunger this year. But this isn’t just because of El Niño. Farmers face increasingly difficult conditions as they try to grow enough food to feed their family and earn an income. The changing climate is causing crop failures, fishery collapses, and livestock deaths. Soil health and crop management have become hot topics for agricultural experts, including choosing drought-resistant varieties or crops that thrive in drier conditions.
This week’s resource helps readers understand how climate change affects food security, and how farmers can adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. Check out the Food and Agriculture Organization’s e-course on climate change and food security at: http://www.fao.org/elearning/#/elc/en/course/FCC