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Giving Farmers a Voice in Policy-Making

When 54 African countries stood together to adopt common position to press for an agreement that would limit global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century, they were not doing it for their individual benefits or that of their particular countries.

Rather, they were thinking of the millions of small-scale farmers in the continent who are vulnerable to the vagaries of weather. Africa is one of the continents hardest hit by climate change, with an increase in severe droughts, floods and storms expected to threaten the health of populations and economies alike.

In Tanzania, about 80 per cent of the population live from small-scale farming and are therefore exposed to the impacts of climate change.

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