Publication - Health impacts of climate change on smallholder farmers
Dahdaleh Institute Planetary Health Fellow Dr. Byomkesh Talukder has recently co-authored a new article on the health impacts of climate change on smallholder farmers. Director of the Dahdaleh Institute Dr. James Orbinski was also one of the contributors to the research.
The authors state that the health of smallholder farmers is crucial for ensuring food and nutritional security for two billion people, but their health is in jeopardy due to the impacts of climate change. Using a narrative literature review supported by field observations and informal interviews with key informants in India, Bangladesh and Malawi, the paper identifies and discusses the health impacts of climate change under four categories: (i) communicable diseases, (ii) non-communicable diseases, (iii) mental health, and (iv) occupational health, safety and other health issues. The health impacts of climate change on smallholder farmers will hamper the realization of many of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, and a series of recommendations are made to regional and country governments to address the increasing health impacts of accelerating climate change among smallholder farmers.
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