Report: Impacts of climate change in the Bay of Bengal

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Report: Impacts of climate change in the Bay of Bengal

09 February 2016

Communities along the Bay of Bengal are experiencing the effects of climate change first-hand. Our report shows how this is contributing to a decrease in crop production and fish catch, the spread of hunger and negatively impacting patterns of gender discrimination.

The report found that almost 100% of people surveyed have already observed climate change effects, such as drought, flooding and soil salinity. And all communities have seen a decrease in crop production, fish catch, forest products and livestock due to climate change as well as non-climatic reasons.

Fragile livelihoods have resulted in widespread hunger among the most vulnerable households. At least one third of households studied experience hunger round the year, or for some months in a year. Meanwhile climate change has been shown to further worsen the existing pattern of gender discrimination.

The report ‘Is Mass Starvation Imminent?’ explores these impacts and others in detail.

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Subhash and Sita were unable to grow anything on their land in Satkhira, Bangladesh since cyclone Aila in 2009. Now they can cultivate crops using a composite farming model. Photograph taken by Concern Worldwide/Map Photo Agency.

Report: Impacts of climate change in the Bay of Bengal

The report ‘Is Mass Starvation Imminent?’ explores the impact of climate change on the livelihood and food security of communities along the coastline of Bay of Bengal in India and Bangladesh.