The harsh reality is that those who contribute least to climate change are affected most. Climatic events, such as droughts and floods, are making already poor and marginalised communities even more vulnerable. Climate change is also contributing to the degradation of natural resources and the loss of biodiversity, further undermining the ability of rural communities to sustain their agricultural activities.
The devastating effects of climate change can be seen right now in Somalia and the Horn of Africa. Three years without rain has resulted in the worst drought in four decades. This has been fuelled by climate change, and the result has been catastrophic for the people of this east African country.
Crops and animals have died and people have been left with no way to feed themselves and their families. Millions of women, men and children have had to take what they call the ‘long walk’, leaving their homes and travelling by foot for up to 100km in searing heat, to get to Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps in the hope that they can get emergency food assistance to save themselves.
Trócaire supports communities, in Somalia and elsewhere, to sustain their livelihoods and adapt to the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. We provide access to technical knowledge and resources that support people to achieve sustainable and diverse sources of food and income. We also support farmers, particularly women, to take a leading role in decision-making and to work with communities to ensure fair access to natural resources.