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Climate Change Threatening to Cut Harvests in Africa's Hungriest Region
March 20, 2017
Higher temperatures and more erratic rainfall caused by climate change threaten to cut harvests in the poorest and hungriest region of Uganda that already depends heavily on food handouts, a study showed on Monday.
Half of the population of Uganda's remote northeastern Karamoja region depends on food aid, according to the World Food Programme (WFP), due to high levels of poverty and heavy reliance on rainfed agriculture.
"The rainfall pattern has become more erratic, therefore the farmers cannot plan their planting seasons," Siddharth Krishnaswamy, WFP's chief food security analyst in Uganda, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.