In the Sahel of West Africa – which covers Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad – land degradation has led to migration towards less densely populated and more fertile areas. The land has been made less fertile by demographic pressure, fragmenting agricultural units and rainfall variability.
Climate change is one of the biggest threats of our time. With a greater scale of the flooding, long and hard droughts, food insecurity and mass migration, the agricultural sector is under more pressure than ever. By having access to more and better data to measure open data will allow farmers and governments to track temperature changes, map deforestation and biodiversity than they were previously able to.
Far Eastern Agriculture
In Central America, the World Food Programme says that crop failures driven by climate-fueled drought are driving forced migration from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. The World Food Programme says at least 1.4 million people need urgent food assistance, as extreme weather led to a poor harvest for the fifth straight year in Central America.
Several factors are combining today to offer unique challenges and opportunities in the food and beverage sector. Migration, globalism and environmental issues are macro challenges for governments and producers that want to succeed within their borders.
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