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Climate risks to fisheries may hike African hunger

Photo by REUTERS/Feisal Omar
24 April 2012
 
By Thin Lei Win
 

HANOI (AlertNet) - Climate change threatens to reduce catches from fisheries and worsen hunger among some of sub-Saharan Africa’s poorest people, who rely on fish as a major source of protein and earnings, according to new research from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). 

“When you look at Ethiopia and Kenya, for example, our study shows that a 10,000 tonne reduction in fish production would make these two countries reach a hunger level that is categorised as ‘extremely alarming’,” said Essam Yassin Mohammed, IIED researcher and co-author of the paper, which will be published in the coming months.

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