How Somalia, one of the world’s most fragile states, is working for a more resilient, low-carbon future

In February last year, Somalia was in the midst of a declared national emergency. Swarms of locusts, fed on rains driven by climate change, were steadily eating their way through swathes of crops and grasslands, consuming jobs and food supplies in the process. As a result, the already-fragile country was facing yet another devastating famine. In the subsequent months, further disaster was to strike as floods an d cyclones unfolded across the country, displacing more than 650,000 from their homes. By June, COVID-19 was heaping pressure upon Somalia’s precarious health care system and threatening economic growth. Now climate change may prove to be the biggest threat ever posed to the country, delivering even more extreme and unpredictable weather with dire consequences for already-vulnerable communities.

Friday 22 January 2021