Climate change ‘not cause’ of Madagascar food crisis

A new study has found that Madagascar’s current food crisis has been caused mainly by factors other than global warming – contradicting a recent UN report which blamed it on climate change.

The report – by a group of international scientists, published by World Weather Attribution – blamed poverty and weather conditions that were only minimally affected by global warming.

It said in two consecutive seasons in southern Madagascar, rainfall had been 40% below average, causing severe drought and crop failures.

Last month the UN World Food Programme declared that Madagascar was the first country experiencing famine-like conditions as result of climate change.

More than 90% of people in southern Madagascar live in poverty and farmers rely on each season’s rain.

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