Farmers in Cote d'Ivoire say the erratic weather linked to climate change is affecting their crops.
Up until a decade ago, they were able to predict when the rainy and dry seasons would come. One cocoa farmer explains his experiences with the unpredictable weather.
“Before, it rained a lot. From March onwards you saw the regular rains until mid July. And from mid-July until September it was the down season. Everyone knew that. We lived well and we could organize our field work based on these seasons.”
Some rice farmers say they used to get three tonnes out of their farm. Now they are lucky if they can even get one.
Africa is predicted to be the continent that feels the greatest affect and is the least prepared for climate change. A climate expert at the United Nations Environment Programme says, “It seems as if Africa is going to be hit the hardest.”.
Farmers are being advised to try and cultivate their crops in lower lying area, which are a bit more humid.