Satellites and texting: the sustainable farming tools fighting climate change

Climate change threatens every person on the planet, but, right now, it threatens no one more catastrophically, or more urgently, than the world’s poorest communities.

This is, in part, due to people in developing countries being more vulnerable to the vagaries of changing weather patterns than those in the developed world. In developing countries, a far higher proportion of people (often between 50% and 90%) are directly engaged in agriculture; and it is this close connection with the land and its yield that puts them on the frontline in the battle against climate change. They are subsistence farmers, with few of the protections of a well-established, high-functioning economy (such as early warning systems, high-tech interventions, or insurance payouts) that tend to make climate change easier to deal with – at least in the short to medium term.

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