Waiting for rain in AngolaPublished: Dec 19, 2022 Reading time: 2 minutes
Joseph Mussungo was born in the Namib desert in Angola. For all of his life, he has been farming. In the past few years, he has observed weather changes. Climate change is influencing his livelihood more than ever.
“Look, this field is full of sweet potatoes,” he states proudly whilst showing his crop to the People in Need (PIN) team. It takes three months to harvest. Since the beginning of the Omande Win project, farmers have been able to produce better-quality products than previously. They could also transition to less environmentally stressful organic farming, as PIN has advised. They are now composting and producing their own fertiliser. These farming methods will help them adapt to the stresses of climate change.
Adapting to climate change is an everyday worry for farmers in the Namib. “In the past, it didn't rain. Now, the rain should have come, but it still didn't arrive. Also, the temperature is varied. Maybe it is because of deforestation because it often affects the climate?” asked Joseph. He doesn't know about climate injustice—rich countries contribute much more to the causes of climate change than developing countries. Still, people like Joseph suffer significantly more than those living in well-off countries. “If it is too sunny or dry, insects come. Bugs have already damaged the leaves here,” notes Joseph.
Watch the video to learn more about this PIN project helping farmers in Angola.
This material was created within the 1Planet4All project funded by the European Union.