Climate change has drastically altered weather patterns and parts of Africa are being ravaged by natural disasters at a frequency not seen in many decades. The continent is warming faster than the global average. This is having a growing impact on the continent, hitting the most vulnerable hardest, and contributing to food and water insecurity, population displacement, threatening human health and safety. In recent months East Africa has seen devastating floods, mudslides, invasion of desert locusts, drought, and cyclones. Women and girls are the largest affected by climate change because they constitute a large percentage of the world’s poor, and about half of the women in the world are active in agriculture – in developing countries, this figure is 60%.

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