Climate change increases challenges to women’s and children’s health. There is more likelihood of women and children suffering and dying from problems such as diarrhoea, undernutrition, malaria, and from the harmful effects of extreme weather events, including floods or drought. While women and children in developing countries have made comparatively small contributions to historical carbon emissions, they bear the brunt of the health effects of climate change, both now and in the future.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region needs at least US$2.7 billion to mitigate the effects of El Nino induced drought.
Since being hit by the worst drought in more than thirty years, SADC is more concerned about food security which may lead to millions suffering from starvation.
SADC launched an appeal for humanitarian assistance in Gaborone, Botswana, at a time when 40 million people representing 14 percent of the region's total population are food insecure.
The United Nations (UN) agencies’ efforts to help more than 60 million people affected worldwide by the climate cycles are exposing weaknesses in local and international systems.
The newly-appointed UN Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate ambassador, Macharia Kamau, points out that, “The new pattern of climate events [better known by their Spanish designations, El Niño and La Niña] is exposing weaknesses in our preparedness, in international and government systems and in community infrastructure.”
More than 700 000 Namibians are facing acute food insecurity amid mounting livestock deaths due to the widespread shortage of water and pasture following three successive years of drought, a new government-led vulnerability survey has revealed.
In its ‘Namibia Rural Food Security and Livelihood Vulnerability Forecast’ report for 2016/2017, the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Agriculture says of the 729 134 people facing food insecurity, 595 839 need immediate food assistance.
Collins Mwai in his article titled ‘Investable climate projects will deliver sustainable growth in Africa - World Bank official’, says last week at the African Carbon Forum convened in Kigali, African countries committed to achieve climate change resilience and to make the Paris Agreement on climate change a reality.
The United Nations’ Secretary General has appointed Special Envoys on El Nino and Climate - the former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and Kenya’s Ambassador to the United Nations Macharia Kamau.
The appointments come at a time of great urgency with droughts and flooding associated with El Nino creating massive needs, especially in the worst affected regions of Southern and East Africa, Central America and the Pacific.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is experiencing a devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El Niño event which is negatively impacting on livelihoods and quality of lives.
The region experienced a delayed onset of the 2015/2016, rainfall season, followed by erratic rains.
Analysis of rainfall performance shows that the October to December 2015 period, which represents the first half of the cropping season, was the driest in more than 35 years in several southern parts of the region.
The official in charge of global climate negotiations says between 80 and 100 countries are expected to sign the landmark agreement to tackle climate change reached in Paris in December, at a ceremony at United Nations headquarters on April 22.
Segolene Royal, French environment minister and newly-appointed president of UN-led climate negotiations, says that more than 30 heads of state and government has already said they would attend the signing event.
African countries appear to have unwavering interests in climate change negotiations especially those international ones such as the recent UNCOP21 held in Paris in December 2015.
The nature of excitement coupled with phony expectations have left a lot of neutrals wondering as to what exactly is in store for the African continent.
Africa has not benefitted from these climate change negotiations, as the African countries would be at pains to portray.
Driving his pick-up truck down a dirt road, farmer Petrus Roux points to scorched fields that should be a sea of green maize, part of South Africa's western grain belt.
The worst drought in over a hundred years has devastated crops and could tip the economy into recession, adding to a loss of investor faith in President Jacob Zuma, pushing up food prices and possibly stoking social and racial tensions ahead of local elections.
"As far as the eye can see, empty fields," Roux says, pointing to pastures seared a rusty red.