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African Countries Turn to Insurance to Safeguard Against Climate Change

Africa – responsible for only a tiny proportion of global greenhouse gas emissions – will suffer disproportionately from rising temperatures.

The most vulnerable populations with the least capacity to cope will shoulder the burden.

Across the continent, the agricultural sector still employs about 65% of the labour force, and most of the rural poor. The majority are dependent on rain-fed agriculture and rangeland, which are subject to the vagaries of the weather. So an increase in the frequency or severity of extreme weather events driven by climate change will result in increased risk of hunger and malnutrition in Africa’s most vulnerable populations.

Peter Casler

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