Field worker, Mungtar Abiire, Nalerugu, Ghana.
Smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs in the developing world are among those most affected by climate change—yet they are often the least equipped to protect against it. Here are five key statistics that illustrate the greatest ways that climate change threatens their ability to thrive.
The number of people predicted to fall into poverty in the next 10 years if climate change is unchecked
How much global warming decreased the wealth per person in the world’s poorest countries from 1961 to 2010
of the world’s low-income people rely on agriculture for their income, but global agricultural productivity is predicted to drop by 17% by 2050 due to climate change
How many more people could be at risk for malaria due from global warming of 2-3°C
How many people could be displaced by environmental hazards—especially sea level rise and natural disasters—by 2050
While the statistics above are troubling, there is still hope. See all the ways that low-income people around the world are fighting back–and succeeding–as climate change threatens their livelihoods.