Global climate change is affecting places and the poor disproportionately: In Africa, where so many people are directly dependent on nature for their livelihood, the disruption of natural cycles is particularly life-threatening. Large swathes of the continent are becoming hotter and drier, making it more difficult to raise crops and livestock. Specifically, droughts, which have been a historic feature of the climate of parts of the continent, are now more devastating. The African Development Bank observes that: “Africa is … already disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change because of its… dependence on the agricultural sector. African farmlands and rangelands are increasingly degraded, causing farmers to face declining yields.” This has ramifications for food security.
Building on Pope Francis’ Vision of an Inclusive Global Economy and on global justice as a framework for eliminating poverty, the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network – Africa (JENA) in collaboration with the Yale University Global Justice Program and the Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) has developed a webinar series to identify grave injustices suffered by African populations and to explore realistic ways of overcoming them.
1. How can Africa enhance Food Security and develop Agricultural Finance under Climatic Risk?
2. How can African countries collaborate to meet Africa’s food and energy needs entirely from renewable sources and to produce renewable energy wherever it can be produced most cost-effectively?
• Dr. Iyad Abumoghli, UNEP Faith for Earth, Kenya.
• Arnold Ambundo, ACT Alliance, Global Climate Change Policy, Coordinator.
• Dr. Nana Ama Browne Klutse, University of Ghana.
• Dr. Oluyede Ajayi, Lead Specialist – Agriculture and Climate Change- CTA.
• Dr. Emmanuel Nyadzi, Wageningen University, Netherlands.