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Farm for your life

The Sustainable Development Goals have very clear goals. No Poverty, Climate Action, Quality Education etc. But often times, when looking at the current events happening around the world, it’s hard to just isolate one issue at a time as they are often interconnected.

This week in SDG X is a novel writing initiative to keep the network and the blog’s loyal readers up-to-date with a brief collection of news directly related to the Global Goals.

This is the case currently in the Lake Chad Basin in Africa. People are suffering from hunger and are fleeing from fighting and violence, trying to seek refuge. And yet, the crops there are doing worse than ever. The impact of environmental degradation, climate change, and many droughts have affected the situation there critically, according to the FAO Director-General. People are trying to find a safe place where their fight for survival might be just a little bit easier, they are just trying to provide for their families and make sure that their loved ones survive. And yet there are wars all around and then the environment works against them as well. It’s a truly terrifying situation and one that is in need of immediate attention.

The FAO Director-General noted that since 1963, Lake Chad has lost around 90 per cent of its water mass with devastating consequences on food security and the livelihoods of people depending on fishing and irrigation-based agricultural activities. Furthermore, while Lake Chad has been shrinking, the population has been growing, including millions displaced from conflict areas.

“Agriculture, including livestock and fisheries, can no longer be an afterthought. It is what produces food and what sustains the livelihoods of about 90 per cent of the region’s population.” said Mr. Graziano da Silva.

So what can be done to help? How can anybody improve the situation of these people? Well, since the crops are currently not working, the UN has developed a two year plan to help save them. Meanwhile, they are urging us to provide as much help financially as possible. They are also teaching farmers different farming techniques to achieve best results under these circumstances as well as buying the excess food from food markets in that area so as to feed the hungry.

It’s a truly horrifying situation that the people there are facing and it is hard to imagine what it would be like to suffer the same. To help save the animals and the people in these areas immediate action is needed and all efforts must be focused on saving these lives that are already slipping away.

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