As much as thirty percent of South African staple crops and ten percent of South Asian staple crops are predicted to be devastated by climate change over the next twenty years. Apparently it typically takes fifteen to thirty years ‘for major agricultural investments to be fully realised’ – the kind needed to do something to protect the livelihoods (and lives) of subsistent farmers and their dependents. When interpreting ‘dependents’ think those whom in industrialised nations we label ‘consumers’. In other words, as the report courtesy of the BBC signals, there will be a potentially massive disturbance in southern-hemisphere societies.
Twenty years to save S.African & S.Asian farmers