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Umesh Adihkari et al. 'Climate change and Eastern Africa: a review of impact on major crops.' Food and Energy Security. 2015. 

There is no denying that Africa, particularly the eastern parts of Africa, are already being heavily effected by climate change. This scientific article explores the impact climate change will have on this area of Africa and the impact this will not only have on local food security, but also food security worldwide. 

This is a really useful article for those of you interested in the impact climate change is ALREADY having on our world. I would definitely combine reading this with the more generic articles written by the EEA, IPCC + Houses of Parliament as it gives a really powerful case study to compare with. 

To take a look at the article, click here. You shouldn't need access to an institution to obtain the article, but if you do have any problems let me know. 

European Environment Agency (EEA). 'Agriculture and climate change' in Signals 2015. 2002. 

This article by the EEA is a shorter read than some of the resources on this reading list, and I would therefore recommend those with limited time to check this out. Although shorter, and more 'basic', this article still manages to go into depth about the impact climate change will have on food security in Europe. What I find particularly interesting is that the article really highlights the lack of action Western countries are taking to tackle the emerging food crisis that is developing as a result of climate change and the ecological crisis. 

If you have time, I would definitely combine this article with another one from this reading list to give you a more rounded understanding of what is going on in agriculture around the world. 

To check out this article by the EEA, click here

'Climate change and agriculture' by the Houses of Parliament: Parliamentary officer of science and technology. Postnote. 2019. 

I included this report from the Houses of Parliament as it gives a really detailed description of how the UK is impacting food insecurity around the world. The report does not hold back, calling out Western countries to do more to make sure: 1. we do not reach 1.5 degree C temperature increase, 2. food security is accessible worldwide + 3. the most vulnerable are not as heavily impacted by climate change. 

Like all the resources included in this reading list, this report provides a bleak picture of our future if our Government's continue to ignore the climate and ecological crisis. 

This is quite an interesting report to read in conjunction with the EEA article. Now that the UK is no longer a part of the European Union, it begs the question will we do more OR less that our EU neighbours to stop climate change in its tracks. 

The EEA article can be accessed above. 

To check out the report from the Houses of Parliament, click here. You will need to download the PDF in order to access the report. 

IPCC. 'Food security' in Special report: special report on climate change and land. n.d.

This special report from the IPCC is probably my favourite resource in this reading list. This is because this report goes into SO MUCH detail. It is an extremely long report, but the website allows you to jump to the chapters that you might find more useful.

What I really appreciate about this report is its exploration of the impact climate change and food insecurity will have on vulnerable communities - including women living in areas most impacted by climate change. Although I have been exploring the link between gender and the ecological crisis for over a year now, it still baffles me that 'water scarcity can particularly affect women because they need to spend more time and energy to collect water, where they may be more exposed to physical and sexual violence' (IPCC, n.d.). 

The IPCC go on to state that women, and all kinds of knowledges, need to be part of the climate solution. They do not state anything about disabled communities and I think these voices need to be heard when thinking about climate change and food security too. 

L.B. 'Women will save the world from climate change'. Womanstats blog. 2020. 

This blog from Womanstats was one of the very first things I read about that introduced me to the relationship between gender and the ecological crisis. For those of you who may not have time to read all of the IPCC report, but want to find out more about the relationship between women, agriculture and climate change, this might just be the blog for you! 

If you do have some extra time, combine this blog with the scientific article by Ruiz and Vallejo (access below). This scientific article will be more of an intense read, but it will give you some more facts to support the arguments in this blog post. 

To read this blog, click here

M. Melissa Rojas-Downing et al. 'Climate change and livestock: impact, adaptation, and mitigation'. Climate Risk Management. Vol. 16, 2017. 

A lot of the resources in this reading list fail to go into a lot of detail about the impact livestock and farming is having on climate change and food insecurity. This is another scientific article so there will be lots of facts and figures for you to contend with. When reading a scientific article, it is always best to get your head around the 'abstract' and 'conclusion'. These are usually the parts of a scientific article that break away from all the confusing scientific jargon and figures, to give you the really basic understanding of the what the article explores. So if you're struggling to much with this one, make sure to read that very first paragraph, as well as the conclusion. 

You shouldn't need to be a part of an academic institution to access this. But if so, just let me know and I'll send you over a copy of the article. Click here and see if you can access it. 

Felipe Jaramillo Ruiz + Juan Pablo Vallejo. 'The post-political link between gender and climate change: the case of the nationally determined contributions support programme'. Contexto Internacional. Vol.41, No.2, 2019.  

This is another OG resource! This particular scientific paper was one of the first resources I looked at when exploring the relationship between gender and the ecological crisis. It was via reading this report that I realised that women from poorer countries often rely on agriculture for their livelihoods

This is more of a social science paper, which I often find easier to read than straight science papers that often include complicated jargon and facts and figures. 

If this resource is too much for you, no worries. I'd go check out the Womanstats blog by L.B. that you should be able to access above. 

If you want to give this report a go instead, click here