Rising food and fuel prices in Tanzania. Photo: Ami Vitale/Oxfam
We're helping communities around the world adapt to the challenge of climate change

Adapting to climate change: Oxfam working with affected communities

Driven by upward trends in the number of climate-related disasters and human vulnerability to them, Oxfam research shows that by 2015 the average number of people affected each year by climate-related disasters could increase by over 50 per cent to 375 million.

This figure is likely to continue to rise as climate change gathers pace – increasing the frequency and/or severity of such events – and poverty and inequality force ever more people to live in high-risk places, such as flood plains, steep hillsides and urban slums, while depriving them of the means to cope with disaster.

But it is not just the headline-grabbing disasters that affect poor communities.

The incremental impacts of climate change, such as changing rainfall patterns and melting glaciers, undermine poor people's ability to feed their families day by day. The IPCC warns that by mid-century, more than a billion people will face water shortages and hunger, including 600 million in Africa alone. Some countries in Africa are predicted to face the halving of yields from their staple crops, such as corn and rice, as soon as 2020.

Oxfam is working with communities all around the world, to help them adapt to the challenge of climate change.


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