Investment in climate change adaptation can help livelihoods in Africa: UNEP

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Keeping Track of Adaptation Actions in Africa

Investment in processes and technologies to adapt to climate change can help livelihoods in Africa, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

The report is entitled, "Keeping Track of Adaptation Actions in Africa (KTAA)- Targeted Fiscal Stimulus Actions Making a Difference".

It presents practical examples of successful low-cost adaptation solutions in sub-Saharan Africa.

UNEP says that with 94 per cent of agriculture dependent on rainfall, the future impacts of climate change- including increased droughts, flooding and sea-level rise- may reduce crop yields in some part of Africa by 15 to 20 per cent.

Richard Munang, UNEP's Regional Climate Change Coordinator and main author of the report, says there are opportunities to scale up climate change adaptation actions in Africa.

"The way to upscale is actually to try to make it the rule rather than the exception to ensure that the governments actually have to start investing in processes and proven technologies of adaptation that have worked and ensuring that they can be able to support these communities." (16")

According to the UNEP report, by 2050 Africa's population will have doubled and the continent will be home to two billion people.

The majority of the people, the report adds, will still largely depend on agriculture for their livelihoods

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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