Climate Change Facts 2016: Poverty Awaits Millions Of Farmers By 2030, UN Warns

International Business Times 

Climate change could force as many as 122 million more people into extreme poverty by 2030 if nothing is done to combat it, according to a new report from the United Nations released Monday. That figure is based on an analysis of the impact on small-scale farmer incomes across the world, with farming communities in sub-Saharan Africa among the hardest hit regions. The report -- the 2016 State of Food and Agriculture report -- was published by the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization, an agency within the broader U.N. Without "widespread adoption of sustainable land, water, fisheries and forestry practices, global poverty cannot be eradicated," the report says. But the report doesn't let farming off the hook either and says farmers and the farming industry must make moves toward reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. There is, "no doubt that climate change will affect the agriculture sectors and food security and that its negative impact will become more severe as it accelerates," the study says in part.

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