Voices from the field
I am Mohammad Al Wali. I live in Lahj District in southern Yemen. This area is known to be one of the oldest agricultural areas in the world. But desertification has started recently due to climate change impacts and my land is classified now among marginal areas.
Recent changes in climate pattern, such as prolonged droughts, and extreme temperatures, as well as increased rainfall irregularity, intensity and distribution, have further negatively impacted the natural and agro-ecosystems in the region and increased the vulnerability of the people dependent on these resources for their livelihood. As the populations and economies of the region grow, the demand for food will increase and the water scarcity will worsen, resulting in further competition between the industrial, agricultural and domestic sectors.
Amal and Wael run a family farm in a village in Port Saeed in Egypt. They make a living by selling dairy products. Like many other farmers in their area, they used to turn milk into yogurt and make cheese after storing yogurt for 3-4 days. But they were not happy about the final product.