What it's about:
In Liberia, farmers are experiencing extreme weather like never before. With heavy rain and strong winds, eroding coasts and degraded soils, Liberia’s most-vulnerable communities face ever-increasing risks from climate change.
For centuries, Liberians have relied on traditional knowledge for farming. They knew it would be wet in the last half of the year, dry in the first. But a changing climate means extreme weather is making it harder to guess what lies ahead, how seasonal rainfall patterns might change, and how these winds of change might threaten to disrupt the delicate peace in this country where eight out of 10 people live on less than $1.25 a day, farmers largely rely on rainfed agriculture to feed their families, and coastal fisheries are threatened by rising sea levels and coastal flooding.
With all these changes, reliable weather forecasts, early warnings and consistent climate information can mean the difference between life and death, profitable harvests or destroyed crops, sustainable economic and social development, or continued cycles of poverty and conflict.
Why it's noteworthy:
This photo essay provides a great overview of bold innovation in deploying climate information and early warnings in a least developed country, through public private partnerships.
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