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Reason why Africa is most affected by climate change

Climate Change Reporter

Global summits and international engagement on climate change has help conclude that most African Countries are the most affected by climate catastrophes that has brought more harm than good in some parts of the continent.

This emanates from a plethora of challenges that continues to negatively affect the entire continent, ranging from ailing economy, poor standards of living, vicious cycle of poverty among other challenges.

In an interview with Spotlight Online News Africa this Wednesday, Lawrence Mashungu, a Climate Change Mitigation Expert with Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management Department said most African states are prone to feel the impact of climatic weather phenomenon due to low adaptive capacity.

“The issue of handling climate issues depends on a country’s adaptive capacity to handle the effects of climate change and this is determined by the efficiency of a country’s economy.”

“Most of these countries are still developing and this will see them failing to heal with imminence from climate disasters because of low economic progressions which then has a negative impact in tackling climate issues.”

“When a disaster falls much of the budget will be strained by other areas of prioritization such as agriculture, education, health among other aspects thereby compromising an adaptive approach to climate change.”

According to Mashungu food security is a cause for concern in Africa as most countries relies on rain fed crops as compared to the developed world were green innovations have been implemented to spearhead climate resilience.

“When climate change befall Africa most people are likely to suffer from food insecurity as they rely mainly on rain grown crops as compared to countries like Israel where green innovation programmes have been implemented such as irrigation programs.”

Against such a background developed nations under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change have consented to fund Africa’s climate action goal. This will go a long way in assisting Africa reach climate pledges, also known as Nationally Determined Contribution (NDCs).

Tendai Guvamombe