Urgent Need To Protect Africa’s Food Supply From Climate Change

Posted: Mar 9 2016, 6:10am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

Urgent Need to Protect Africa’s Food Supply From Climate Change
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  • Africa’s Food Crops in Danger of Collapse due to Climate Change

Africa’s food crops are in danger of collapse due to the phenomenon of climate change which has become the worst scourge of the entire planet nowadays.

Agriculture is most deeply affected by climate change. With rising heat waves throughout the world, the crops fail to reach full fruition.

The latest studies suggest that without adequate steps to stem the tide of temperature increase, the crops of the continent of Africa will wither away in the near future leading to widespread famine and starvation.

In fact, the very act of growing crops will be a difficult proposal once the heat waves strike the continent. Farmers will have to prepare in advance for these inevitable changes brought about due to climate change.

Nine crops that are normally planted in Africa will be direly affected. 30% of the regions where maize and bananas grew would be desert land by the end of the 21st century.

Also 60% of the land where beans were grown would become barren in the days to come. Some sort of changes will have to be made willy-nilly if Africans want to survive. To prevent the drying up of the land by 2025 is a worthwhile goal.

Six of the nine crops are expected to stay in their growth phase despite the soaring temperatures. According to Reuters, these include: groundnuts, pearl millet, cassava, finger millet, yam and sorghum.

The study basically points out the interventions that will need to be made on an urgent basis to stop the crops from shriveling up in the sun.

There are mouths to feed and when the drought and heat waves will come, the crops won’t be there for the hungry men, women and children of Africa. It would be a catastrophe in the making.

Various immediate changes would need to be made to the methods of farming to forgo this dismal fate. Some adjustments will need to be made as well.

For one thing, irrigation is a must. It is a tried and tested method of supplying life-giving water to crops. The land will be parched and will need to be made fertile and moist again.

All of Africa will need to show some flexibility in this matter if it’s inhabitants want to survive intact into the next century. Transformation is the name of the game.

Within the next ten years alone, Africans will begin to feel the pinch as crops begin wilting under the sweltering heat of the sultry sun. So steps will have to be taken and fast.

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