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IMF and World Bank are urged to boost funding for African nations facing conflict and climate change
Most of the population in conflict-affected countries like Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad and northern Nigeria depends on climate-vulnerable agriculture
Africa's struggle to contain the effects of climate change is continuing to intensify. Many poor African countries are bearing the harshest effects of unpredictable climate events including global warming, severe draughts and desertification. We are facing a situation in which conflicts are sharpening and livelihoods are getting affected and the poor are increasingly becoming vulnerable.
One of the worst affected areas in Africa is the transnational Sahel region spread across Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger and Nigeria, according to experts.
The cost of adapting to the challenges for the African poor is estimated at $50 billion, according to a report by the Associated Press citing the findings of the Global Commission on Adaptation. The International Energy Agency, meanwhile, estimates the clean energy transition could cost up to $190 billion a year, which could overwhelm many African economies.
AP report adds: