Published on 09 Mar 2018 — View Original
George Gaye, Superintendent at Basse Meteorological station in The Gambia’s Upper River Region, has watched climate change increasingly kill cattle and ruin harvests over the years, but since the UN Environment improved forecasting equipment and systems at his station, he can now warn people about the weather.
© Hannah McNeish/UN Environment
Dingiri, The Gambia: When Bundauda Samasa was a boy, everyone knew to the day when the rains would start and stop sprinkling the fields in The Gambia’s Upper River Region, and what harvest of groundnuts, vegetables, rice and pulses to expect.
Now standing in his bleached, patchy fields skirting Dingiri village as donkeys pick at the odd tufts of straw, kicking up clouds of terracotta dust, 57-year-old Samasa yearns for the days when life was predictable because the seasons didn’t change.