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Climate Change in West Africa
Rice farming is a centuries old tradition for the Diola people of northern Guinea Bissau and the Casamance region of Southern Senegal. Rice is not only the staple of the local diet, but it is also an integral part of Diola culture and way of life. Prosper Diatta is a rice farmer near the town of Varela on the northwestern coast of Guinea Bissau. Rising sea levels and exceptionally strong storms caused by global warming and climate change breached the levies that protect his rice fields, inundating his fields with salt water and destroying a large portion of his harvest. Drought, storms and the sea's alarming rise in the region have drastically affected the livelihoods and way of life of the local population. Varela, Guinea Bissau. 12/12/2015.