Monday, November 29, 2021

Climate change threatens livelihoods in Somalia

Climate change-related disasters, such as prolonged droughts, floods and locust outbreaks, have displaced thousands of Somali farmers from their lands, threatening food security in the Horn of African nation.

Somalia contributes less than 0.003% of greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere – but the impact of global warming is evident in the well-being of the country’s herders and farmers.

Fatuma Ibrahim Aden, a mother of eight, is among thousands of farmers living in a displaced persons camp in Mogadishu after her family’s cattle perished due to a growing drought in Korioli in the lower Shabele region.

She says a prolonged drought and lack of water killed her livestock, forcing her extended family to move to the city four months ago. He said he had not experienced such recurring famines in recent years.

Somali agriculture and resilience expert Ibrahim Dagne Ali says new strategies are needed to reduce the impact of such incidents on farmers’ lives.

“Without getting the aid of climate investment and the installation of climate smart technologies, it will be difficult. Also, environmental protection, regenerative agriculture, use of renewable energy, all these other issues of elements. But above all, we have to educate our people. needs to be done, and to do so it is the sole responsibility of the government to stand up and address it,” Ali said.

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The Somali government has called on the rich countries, which emit most of the greenhouse gases, to act swiftly as the COP26 climate conference continues in Glasgow.

“Somalia and other poor countries are paying for their lives and livelihoods, not for the problem we have created,” Somalia’s Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Mohamed Gulaid said. It is therefore our strong call to the highest emitting countries to initiate action on this issue. , especially now that we know what the problem is, and we know that action is needed.”

The world’s richest countries once pledged $100 billion a year to help developing countries tackle climate change – a pledge that was never fulfilled.

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