Photo: David Crooks
Photo: David Crooks

AGRICULTURE AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Scientists around the world now agree that the climate changes that we are all experiencing globally are real and are the result of human activity. Climate change is a threat to people all around the world. This issue looks at the impact it is already having on agriculture and suggests some practical responses.

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  • Adapting farming practices in Burkina Faso

    Burkina Faso is an inland country in West Africa. The north of the country experiences a hot dry climate while the south receives more rain. Rainfall is irregular and for 30 years Burkina Faso has had very poor rains with three particularly severe droughts (1973–1974, 1983–1984 and 2000–2001).

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  • Adapting to drought in Ethiopia

    by Tadesse Dadi. Waaqayyo Muudaa used to herd cattle and camels in the vast grazing areas of Fantalle District in the rift valley of Ethiopia. Now he guards the grass and trees growing in the 15 hectares of enclosed land that the community established two years ago in his village of Xuxuxii. This is a huge change of lifestyle for a young man who used to walk freely with his animals, far from his village.

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  • Bible study: The two books

    Many early scientists were Christians and through their science investigated and learned about God’s creation. They talked about God’s revelation in the form of two books, the book of God’s works (his creation) and the book of God’s Word (as found in the Bible). We can see the same idea in the structure of Psalm 19, written by King David about 1,000 years before Christ. The first six verses speak of God’s works in creation while the following three verses (6-9) speak about God’s Word in the ...

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  • Contour barriers

    All kinds of barriers can help to slow down run-off water from rain. This will reduce soil erosion and help to store more water in the soil for the benefit of crops.

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  • International action

    by Isabel Carter Climate change affects the whole earth, but it is the world’s poorest people – who contribute least to global warming – who will suffer the most. Since the early 1980s, scientists have been predicting the serious consequences of climate change and raising the need to take action. Climate change will put 100 million more people at risk of hunger by 2080 – with 80% of them in Africa.

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  • Letters

    Bird pests Farmers concerned about birds damaging crops (Footsteps 68) should look for local materials that they can use to make scarecrows. Scarecrows look like people dressed in old clothes. Use wood, crop residues, bags and old clothes. Set them up in the field to scare birds away. Move them every couple of weeks.

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  • Resources

    Seeking justice for all This new PILLARS Guide presents a number of common situations of injustice based on the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It seeks to help people to learn about their human rights and to discuss ways of promoting them in different local situations. Each topic includes Bible references that help us to understand God’s compassion and passion for justice. This Guide helps us understand how to challenge unjust laws, to become familiar with our human rights and to ...

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  • Rising sea levels

    The global rise in temperature is melting ice which is frozen within glaciers and ice caps. Large amounts of fresh water are released. This is causing a gradual rise in sea levels. Low-level coastal regions are therefore at more risk of flooding and tidal surges.

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  • Storing rainwater in Rajasthan

    In the past 15 years, climate extremes such as flooding, drought, cyclones and mud slides have caused about 85% of deaths related to natural disasters and over 60% of the financial damage. Extreme weather events unfortunately are becoming more common due to climate change, so we need to be better prepared.

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