Libya: the impact of years of conflict on climate risk management

Libya: the impact of years of conflict on climate risk management  In Libya, the conflict has made the country vulnerable to climate change. A situation that is likely to increase the impact on agricultural production and have repercussions on the living conditions of thousands of people.  In the village of Awiniya, southwest of the capital Tripoli , agriculture is the main source of income, but in the face of raging insecurity, many farmers have abandoned their land. After years of absence, some of the farmers have returned to the area to find their land parched, vital infrastructure damaged due to the conflict.  " Farming was an important source of income for many people here. Harvests of wheat and barley, in addition to fruits and almonds, were a major source of income for farmers here. But drought wiped out this source of livelihood, and desertification has had a big impact on people's incomes, " said Ali Ebrahim Al-Taleb, a farmer in Awinyia.  Given the impact of years of instability, the country's adaptive capacity has weakened, with resources needed to mitigate climate risks being reallocated to managing the short- and long-term consequences of renewed conflict.  For Dr. Jalal Al-Qadi, Head of Laboratory at the Misrata Agricultural Research Center, "Climate change requires great preparation on everyone's part. Emphasis must be placed on making people aware of the danger posed by this problem on the planet, and especially in our country.Serious measures must be taken to stop the encroachments on agricultural land and to try to increase investment in arable land_.  " We should invest all our resources in this regard and raise awareness among farmers of the importance of increasing production in a sustainable way, " he added.  Limited renewable water resources, combined with drought and poor soils, severely limit production, forcing the country to import around 75% of the food needed to meet local needs, according to the World Bank .

In Libya, the conflict has made the country vulnerable to climate change. A situation that is likely to increase the impact on agricultural production and have repercussions on the living conditions of thousands of people.

In the village of Awiniya, southwest of the capital Tripoli , agriculture is the main source of income, but in the face of raging insecurity, many farmers have abandoned their land. After years of absence, some of the farmers have returned to the area to find their land parched, vital infrastructure damaged due to the conflict.

" Farming was an important source of income for many people here. Harvests of wheat and barley, in addition to fruits and almonds, were a major source of income for farmers here. But drought wiped out this source of livelihood, and desertification has had a big impact on people's incomes, " said Ali Ebrahim Al-Taleb, a farmer in Awinyia.

Given the impact of years of instability, the country's adaptive capacity has weakened, with resources needed to mitigate climate risks being reallocated to managing the short- and long-term consequences of renewed conflict.

For Dr. Jalal Al-Qadi, Head of Laboratory at the Misrata Agricultural Research Center, "Climate change requires great preparation on everyone's part. Emphasis must be placed on making people aware of the danger posed by this problem on the planet, and especially in our country.Serious measures must be taken to stop the encroachments on agricultural land and to try to increase investment in arable land_.

" We should invest all our resources in this regard and raise awareness among farmers of the importance of increasing production in a sustainable way, " he added.

Limited renewable water resources, combined with drought and poor soils, severely limit production, forcing the country to import around 75% of the food needed to meet local needs, according to the World Bank .
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