Monday, 19 February 2018

Fragile situations

Yes, fragile. Well, I know what they mean [PR email from last week], but ...

Rome, 14 February 2018 - The 41st Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), concluded today with a call from leaders to build stronger institutions and to improve capacity in rural areas to overcome fragility.

A growing number of people around the world, approximately 1.6 billion, are living in fragile situations. During the two-day annual event, IFAD Member State representatives discussed how rural areas are increasingly affected and shaped by global issues such as climate change, conflict, weak institutions, emerging technologies and limited natural resources.

But, but ... we're all living in fragile situations, son. 'Who are you talking to, boss?' Anyone who will listen, Voice. 'Oh, okay. Some situations are more fragile than others though.' Yes, yes. I'm aware of that, man. I'm just saying the whole world is fragile, you know? I was reading the other day that certain billionaires are preparing for the end of the world by setting up boltholes in New Zealand. 'Ha!' I mean, as if the end of the world won't touch New Zealand! 'Ha! Crazy! / Elon Musk has the right idea.' Well, yes, of course, he's heading for another planet. There's only, uh ... one problem. 'What's that?' He'll be taking human beings with him. 'Oh, Christ!' Exactly. FFS! Mars will be a shitshow in no time. 'And then he'll have to move somewhere else, boss. A planet far, far away.' Voice, if Elon's got any sense, he'll fly away to another galaxy, by himself, like. 'And do what then?' I don't know, er ... find a nice, unspoilt planet, and build a holiday home. 'And then what?!' I don't know, man! Relax for a while, I suppose. He deserves a rest.

Anyway, climate change ...

For example, kicking off the final day of the meeting, Olusegun Obasanjo, the former President of Nigeria, talked about the growing threat posed by climate change.

"For us in Africa climate change is no longer an abstract concept, it is our reality," he said. As an example, he pointed to the current crisis in Cape Town, South Africa where the water supply in a city of about four million people is predicted to run dry by June. "If drought can affect such a city, one can only imagine the impact of drought on the rural areas. Frequent and extreme weather events continue to have negative effects on rural livelihoods, especially in Africa where agriculture is the mainstay of rural economies."

And we're even getting earthquakes in Wales now! 'That's not weather, boss.' Oh, it might be. It's a sign that the earth is sick, anyway, Voice. 'Oh, okay.' / Ah, it's bloody depressing. I'm going to listen to some music to take my mind off everything.