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Climate Change Affects Food Security - McClain
By Calvin Brooks
MONROVIA, October 18 (LINA) -Acting Agriculture Minister Charles McClain says one of the biggest issues related to climate change is that it affects food security.
He stated that many of farmers, fishermen and pastoralists are hardest hit by higher temperatures and increasing frequency in weather-related disasters.
The acting Agriculture Minister made the statement Monday as Liberia joined the rest of the World to celebrate World Food Day under the theme: “Climate is Changing, Food and Agriculture Must Too.”
The program was held at the Agriculture Ministry in the Monrovia suburb of Gardnersville.
Dr. McClain indicated that at the same time the global population is growing steadily and is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, meeting the needs of the increasing population, agriculture and the food system will need to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and become more resilient.
“This is the only way that we can ensure the wellbeing of the ecosystem and rural populations and reduce emissions,” he stressed.
Dr. McClain noted that growing food in a sustainable way means adopting practices that produce more with less in the same arena of land and use of natural resources wisely.