Africa / Asia / CCAFS / Climate Change / Latin America

Poor countries need more support to adapt to climate change

Forage Diversity field on ILRI Addis campus

Preparing land for sowing seeds in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia (photo credit: ILRI/Mann).

‘A report published Wednesday [17 November 2010] says developed nations are not fulfilling the financial promises they made at a United Nations conference last year aimed at helping poor countries deal with climate change.

‘At a U.N. climate change summit in Copenhagen last year, rich countries promised to pay $30 billion between 2010 and 2012 to help poor countries deal with climate change. Half of that sum was to go towards mitigation, or cutting back on greenhouse emissions; and the other with coping with climate change.

‘But research from the Institute for Environment and Development, or IIED, says only $3 billion of that amount has been allocated to adapting to climate change. 

. . .

‘Bruce Campbell is director of the Challenge Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. He says proper funding for adaptation is crucial for agriculture, which has already been effected by climate change. “The projections indicate that some 80 percent of the current land area where there’s agriculture is going to be worse off in the future in terms of rising temperatures and different rainfall patterns, more extreme rainfall events so you can imagine if we already have an unacceptable poverty situation in Africa if you now imagine worsening conditions for agriculture in 80 percent of the landmass in Africa, then you are in real trouble,” he said.

‘A major U.N. climate change summit following last year’s event in Copenhagen is set to take place in Cancun, Mexico only two weeks from now.’

Read the whole article at Voice of America: Report says rich must invest more in climate adaptation, 17 November 2010.

Read related news from ILRI blogs:

Helping African herders cope with climate change: 22 November 2010.

New scientific body to address ‘Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security: 18 November 2010.

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