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The Western Cape in South Africa has mapped out a plan to help farmers cope with expected climate change threats to agriculture. Shutterstock

How one region is planning ahead to help farmers cope with climate change

South Africa's Western Cape is the first region in the country to put together a comprehensive plan to help farmers deal with changes in weather patterns brought on by climate change.
Maize is a staple food in South Africa. Its production is likely to decline by half this year due to drought. The poor will be the hardest hit. Shutterstock

South Africa’s poor face rising food prices as drought intensifies

South Africa has been hit by a severe drought and will not be able to produce enough maize - its staple food - in 2016. This will prompt a rise in imports and therefore food prices.
Floods during warm periods of human history likely inspired the Noah’s Ark myth. Noah's ark image from www.shutterstock.com

Climate and the rise and fall of civilizations: a lesson from the past

2015 will likely be a degree warmer than before people started pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The last time the world was this hot wasn't great for civilisation.
The dispute between South Africa and the US over poultry products could harm relations between the two countries. Shutterstock

Why South Africa needs the US for its agricultural trade

South Africa's agricultural sector has benefited handsomely from the US's preferential trade agreements. It is important that the current dispute is resolved speedily.

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