SDG 12
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The drastic effects of climate change can be seen in every country in the world. Greenhouse gas emissions are now more than 50 per cent higher than in 1990; global warming threatens irreversible consequences if we do not act now. Yemen is no exception. Tropical cyclones and flooding now occur on an almost-annual basis, demanding substantial investment in disaster risk management alone – at a time when it is least affordable.

In the case of Yemen, the impact of conflict could be better absorbed through improved production and consumption practices. As an example, while almost 7.4 million Yemenis are malnourished, the cultivation of Qat accounts for the vast majority of all freshwater consumption. Production and consumption practices – such as redirecting water resources or reducing retail and consumer food waste – could improve supply chains, contribute to food security and result in a more resource efficient economy.

Globally, efficient management of shared natural resources and disposal of toxic waste and pollutants are critical to achieving this goal. Encouraging industries, businesses and consumers to recycle and reduce waste is equally important, as is supporting developing countries to move towards more sustainable patterns.

Goals in action

  • Supporting farmers recovering from conflict

    After three years of the last round of conflict in Sa’ada, the economic recovery remains fragile. Agriculture, which represents 90 per cent of Sa’ada economy and employs 80 per cent of the workforce, struggle with numerous challenges mainly the major depletion of water resources and the high cost of inputs especially fuel, seeds and fertilizer.

  • Coffee farmers: Restoring hope amidst crisis in Yemen

    Mohammed was one of many coffee farmers in Burra who found hope in a business resilience project that aimed to expand production through improving value chains by using modern technologies and better farming methods.

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