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Climate-smart agriculture improves livelihoods of rural women in Mali

When Fatou Dembele’s plants first started dying, she thought the plot of land was ruined, and her livelihood was at risk.

“We thought the land was sick,” Dembele says. “We didn’t know that there were live parasites that attacked the roots of the plants and could kill them.”

The increased number of parasites, because of rising temperatures and humidity, is just one of the many side effects of climate change here.

In Mali, a country where half of the population engaged in agriculture are female, agriculture is a key sector to lift women out of poverty. But the increasing degradation of land and natural resources caused by climate change is making women more vulnerable.

UN Women

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