Madagascar faces climate-induced famine | Land Portal
Author(s): 
Kim Harrisberg and Megan Rowling
Language of the news reported: 
English

Kim Harrisberg and Megan Rowling writing for the Thompson Reuters Foundation examine how 1.1 million people have been severely impacted  by  persistent drought in  Madagascar and how 14 000 are one the edge of famine.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in a flagship U.N. science report, said in August that Madagascar has experienced increased aridity and that human-induced climate change is the main driver of Africa's rising surface temperature.

“The changing climate has meant that many families who were able to live off the land 15 years ago have now fallen into severe hunger. Families are scavenging for survival and many are living only on the food assistance they receive,” said Menghestab Haile, WFP's regional director for southern Africa.

 

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