climate change development poverty

A short film on climate change and hunger

It’s always world something day. Did I mention that yesterday was World Hand Washing Day? (Yep, on Twitter, and it’s more important than you might initially think) Today is World Food Day, and I’m going to post this short animation from Tearfund. It draws the connection between hunger and climate change, and asks how we can fund adaptation in countries that are more vulnerable to changing weather patterns.

The video isn’t hypothetical.  “When the weather is good, I have produce to sell” says Rwandan farmer Silas Ndayisaba from. “But this year the harvest wasn’t good because of the flash floods.  The weather is less predictable and the drought means that we have a lot less food.”

There are plenty of techniques that could help farmers adapt to these more volatile conditions. Low-till gardening helps to keep the soil more absorbent, reducing run-off and making better use of rainfall when it comes. Some food crops are more resilient to drought, and diversification is important. Floodplains and tree barriers can channel or dissipate flood water and protect crops. The problem isn’t what to do, but funding the programmes and networks to share the information.

Tearfund’s current campaign is all about that funding, through a levy on shipping fuel. This could raise $25 billion internationally from something which is currently untaxed, and the idea has the support of the shipping industry. It just takes the necessary drive to get it in place, and enough collective prodding of the government.

Tomorrow is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, then Wednesday is International Credit Union Day. Like I say, it’s always world something day. Honestly, I don’t really need to come up with ideas for blog posts at all.

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