Moving against the tide: Africa rising to seize climate change opportunities for water, food and energy security
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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Climate change is a new development imperative, which threatens economic growth and development in Africa. Livelihoods and economic activities in Africa are tied to natural resources and driven by simple production practices. African leaders have taken up measures to reorient the continent’s natural resources towards transformational change that addresses poverty and assures food, energy and water security, and shared prosperity for its people. In the past few decades, this policy shift has led to economic renaissance and sustained economic growth. The objectives of the paper is help create an understanding among policymakers that climate change does not only involve challenges, but also opportunities, which can help transform Africa; and that there is need to focus on those opportunities in order to foster long-term resilience to the effects of climate change.