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Sub-Saharan Africa: Agriculture

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL15000, tabled on 16 April 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk posed to rain-fed agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa from a lack of progress at the COP26 conference in November.

Answered on

27 April 2021

Countries across sub-Saharan Africa are among the worst affected by climate change, despite being some of the least responsible for historical and current global emissions. Future warming of 1.5 or 2 degrees Celsius represents a substantial threat to rain-fed agriculture across the continent, which is already being adversely affected by the warming that we have seen to date. Limiting warming as well as adapting to climate change is crucial for this region. Driving global action to reduce emissions and support countries adapt to climate change, and build resilience to its impacts, is a priority for the UK's COP26 Presidency. It is crucial that we target research to find solutions to the needs of local communities, and to understand climate risks, and that is why we are working with partners to address these research gaps for example through the Adaptation Research Alliance.