Climate change “catastrophe” for India’s farmers

4 January, 2011 by (comments)

The UK’s The Independent newspaper today reports on the deeply unsettling story of farmer suicides in India. Among the several complex issues addressed in India’s hidden climate change catastrophe, drought and changing weather patterns are mentioned as possible causes of farmers abandoning their land and migrating to urban slums, and sometimes even more desperate measures.

As interviewee Alka Awasti of rural poverty organisation Cecoeadon asks, “When is the data going to catch up with the stories? Why don’t the scientists come and listen to people who actually work with the rain?”

Related link: Two Degrees Up – Ghana – how rising temperatures and unpredictable rains are forcing farmers from their homelands

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