The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) launched the second publication on “New Interventions for a Changing World” to celebrate African women scientists in climate science. The publication aims at celebrating African female scientists on the front line of climate change science. The journal profiles twenty women from nine African countries ranging from early career scientists to seasoned professors across the continent.
“Climate change will ultimately affect society and the generations unborn. Global issues of the changing climate and its devastating effects on humans and livelihood call for urgent action to address it,” Adanna Henri-Ukoha (Nigeria), Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics & Extension, University of Port Harcourt, AIMS Small Research Grant Recipient.
While Africa contributes less than four per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, it remains one of the most vulnerable regions to the impacts of climate change. Rising temperatures, severe drought, and flooding are leading to famine, disease outbreak and increased poverty, threatening the livelihoods of millions of people who are heavily dependent on agriculture for survival. It is predicted that by the year 2020, countries across Africa could experience up to a 50 per cent loss of yields from rain-fed agriculture.
This undoubtedly will have a detrimental impact on food security across the continent, affecting women disproportionally and putting them at increased risk for gender-based violence. AIMS has partnered with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) to create sustainable solutions to this.
“We are investing in women who are undertaking climate change research to promote a gender responsive and inclusiveness approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts,” Lydie Hakizimana, Interim CEO at AIMS. “Women are widely affected by climate change, so it is critical that they are in the driver’s seat to develop impactful solutions to this climate emergency,” she says.
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