Central Scotland list MSP Richard Lyle attended a special meeting at the Scottish Parliament which presented a report calling for action to tackle the impact of climate change on vulnerable communities in developing countries.
Those who attended heard from Sheila Kambobe, deputy director of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) in Lusaka, Zambia, who outlined the severe effects a changing climate is having on people in her country.
SCIAF is calling for increased funding for ‘climate adaptation’ programmes by the Scottish and UK Governments and for delivery of existing commitments made at the United Nations.
The charity is working with JCTR and other partners in Zambia, Burundi and Malawi, as well as with research institutes in Scotland, to promote sustainable agricultural practices in farming communities struggling with poverty.
These practices help small-scale farmers to build resilience against the severe impacts of extreme weather patterns brought about by climate change.
The programmes and associated research is funded in part by the Scottish Government, which recently announced a £430,000 extension to the project.