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CLIMATE CHANGE: Farmers too hungry to adapt
JOHANNESBURG, 14 September 2012 (IRIN) – Small farmers in the developing world who are going hungry for long periods of time – in some cases for up to half the year in Ethiopia’s Borana region – are failing to find ways to adapt to an increasingly erratic climate, a new survey has found.
The survey, which was conducted just ahead of the severe drought in East Africa in 2011, interviewed 700 households in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. It was designed to develop simple, comparable, cross-site household-level indicators to assess if small farmers were able to diversify, adapt and adopt new farming practices in the face of climate change.
The team of researchers involved in the survey found that households that were food secure for longer periods of time were able to experiment with new farming approaches and techniques…
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