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What is the issue?
How does Climate Change affect real people?
One of the effects of global climate change affecting many countries has been severe weather, including both flooding and drought. In Ethiopia, the past several decades have seen repeated droughts, which have often led to famine due to farmers’ inability to grow food during droughts.
In some parts of Ethiopia, CRS has been able to help small farmers such as Teshome Bekele, pictured above, adapt to the effects of climate change. CRS’s project helps farmers diversify their incomes, introducing fruit, vegetables, spices and fodder to add to the crops they have grown for decades.
With drought becoming more frequent due to climate change, CRS hopes that growing a variety of crops less dependent on water will allow the farmers to continue to support themselves and their families.
But in most other parts of the country and world, farmers haven’t been so lucky. Experts agree that poor people are likely to be the worst hit by the impacts of climate change. The United Nations reports that by 2020, 75 million to 250 million people in Africa will be exposed to increased water stress due to climate change.