UNEP: Climate change is empowering women in Sudan… Or something to that effect.

Guest ridiculing by David Middleton


08 MAR 2019 STORY CLIMATE CHANGE
Empowering women on the frontlines of climate change


On any given morning in the locality of Al-Rahad in Sudan, women like Hawa Abdullah, dressed in bright colours, can be seen turning up the earth of their land or scattering seeds on their tractors.


While the scene is age-old, the number of women farmers—and those performing traditionally male roles—has grown out of the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. Al Rahad, in the North Kordofan State, like other regions in the Sahel, has suffered from increasing temperatures, uneven distribution and variability of rainfall, and drought. In turn, this has affected the livelihoods of pastoralists and farmers, with men migrating to the capital of Khartoum or other cities in search of employment.


In turn, women—whose traditional roles have been caring for children and performing household chores—have stepped into the role of providers. By renting fields for their livestock and crops, they have been able to sell goods at the market and earn a small income.

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UNEP

So… Climate change is causing men to abandon their families on farms in barren deserts to go to the destitute city of Khartoum to seek unemployment… And this is “empowering women on the frontlines of climate change”?

Setting aside the fact that the UNEP article read like it was lifted from the script of The Waterboy... Sudan is a fracking desert. How much climate change could have occurred? Did it stop being a desert?

The World Bank has the answers.

Sudan then.
Sudan now.
Sudan now overlaid on top of then.

How much climate change could have occurred? Not much. Did it stop being a desert? No.

The late, great Sam Kinison actually solved Sudan’s problems a long time ago.

Featured image from Meme Generator.

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Tom in Florida
March 12, 2019 2:10 pm

“…women like Hawa Abdullah, dressed in bright colours, can be seen turning up the earth of their land or scattering seeds on their tractors.”

Why would they scatter seeds on their tractors? Wouldn’t the seeds grow better if planted in the ground? Makes no sense to me.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Tom in Florida
March 12, 2019 3:30 pm

Chia Tractors.

old construction worker
Reply to  Tom in Florida
March 12, 2019 4:34 pm

‘scattering seeds on their tractors. Wouldn’t the seeds grow better if planted in the ground? Makes no sense to me.’ I have a question. Where did they get the money for the fuel? And, don’t tell they use their livestock to pull the tracker.

LdB
Reply to  old construction worker
March 12, 2019 5:36 pm

No it is a new green deal tractor that runs on gender equality, hope and inspiration that is free for all.

Rich Davis
Reply to  LdB
March 12, 2019 6:27 pm

well it’s an aspirational tractor after all. It doesn’t actually work, but you feel good about it working in theory.

UNGN
Reply to  Rich Davis
March 12, 2019 7:25 pm

According to the GND, Tractors don’t actually have to work. It may be unable or UNWILLING to work.

ATheoK
Reply to  old construction worker
March 12, 2019 5:39 pm

Excellent catch ocw!

Even if the author intended to mean the ladies were using tractors for “scattering seeds on their tractors” as a method for planting seeds; the author screwed up in that planting seeds using tractors is never “scattering seeds”.

Suggesting that the closest the author ever came to farming, originates from reading the bible.

Steve Reddish
Reply to  ATheoK
March 12, 2019 6:56 pm

Can you point to a reference to scattering in conjunction with farming? I see only sheep, bones, people scattered.

SR

R Shearer
Reply to  Tom in Florida
March 12, 2019 5:41 pm

High speed trains and tractors.

mikebartnz
Reply to  Tom in Florida
March 12, 2019 8:42 pm

Tom you beat me to it.

KaliforniaKook
Reply to  Tom in Florida
March 13, 2019 4:43 pm

Love reading all these replies. It was a stupid statement, and you guys picked it apart on multiple hilarious levels.
Note: tractors aren’t cheap in the US. Where did these ladies get the tractors in the first place? If they could afford to buy a tractor, why didn’t they just move away from the desert?

KaliforniaKook
Reply to  Tom in Florida
March 13, 2019 4:43 pm

Love reading all these replies. It was a stupid statement, and you guys picked it apart on multiple hilarious levels.
Note: tractors aren’t cheap in the US. Where did these ladies get the tractors in the first place? If they could afford to buy a tractor, why didn’t they just move away from the desert?

Michael Jankowski
March 12, 2019 2:12 pm

Climate change was supposed to be sending women into cities to work as prostitutes…

H.R.
Reply to  Michael Jankowski
March 12, 2019 3:13 pm

Climate change is so confusing. Next they’ll be telling us that it causes women to prostitute their tractors… after they’ve brushed the seeds off of them.

*sigh* (Too close to call on a sarc tag)

michael hart
Reply to  H.R.
March 12, 2019 5:42 pm

hey, men would get arrested for scattering their seed from a tractor….

R Shearer
Reply to  Michael Jankowski
March 12, 2019 5:42 pm

High speed ho’s.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  R Shearer
March 12, 2019 7:15 pm

Hummmm…I see what you did there.

Mr Bliss
Reply to  Michael Jankowski
March 12, 2019 6:36 pm

Yes – and it’s western foreign aid budgets that gave them the tractors to get into the cities…

commieBob
March 12, 2019 2:20 pm

My first reaction is, “How about some error bars?” Those two graphs have to be statistically the same when you consider errors.

SteveC
Reply to  commieBob
March 12, 2019 2:43 pm

+1

1sky1
Reply to  commieBob
March 13, 2019 2:27 pm

Those two graphs have to be statistically the same when you consider errors.

Khartoum, whose station provides the bulk of data, has been the fastest growing city in the world in recent decades. It went from a sleepy outpost of 150K with dirt streets in the 1950s to a metropolis of over 6 million and asphalt to match. It’s a poster child for UHI. The climatological statistics are systematically different now; only the general shape of the yearly cycle has remained the same.

1sky1
Reply to  1sky1
March 13, 2019 2:30 pm

Moderator: What’s wrong with your “blockquote” implementation? It repeatedly fails to perform.

1sky1
Reply to  1sky1
March 13, 2019 2:44 pm

For population growth in Sudan as a whole see: http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/sudan-population/

1sky1
Reply to  David Middleton
March 13, 2019 3:21 pm

Only in the minds of mastodons! The natives know otherwise.

David
March 12, 2019 2:25 pm

Miss you Sam.

March 12, 2019 2:32 pm

Okay, so climate change is empowering women.

We’ve seen that climate change is empowering children to sue fossil-fuel companies.

What next? — Climate change empowers gender fluidity? … Climate change empowers people of color? … Climate change empowers the homeless? … Climate change empowers cancer victims?

Let’s choose any social justice agenda we can think of and empower the associated people with climate change.

Climate change is the magic, empowering cause of all causes. The only thing that could top it would be surviving space alien invasions — now there’s a grand cause to get behind.

Reply to  David Middleton
March 13, 2019 7:12 am

Ironic, isn’t it?

Fossil fuel empowers fossil fools.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Robert Kernodle
March 12, 2019 3:27 pm

So….Carbon empowers Climate Change and Climate Change empowers all the Social Justice Warriors’ causes so that Carbon can be taxed to pay for The Green New Deal to prevent the need for it?

HotScot
Reply to  Gunga Din
March 12, 2019 4:21 pm

Gunga Din

It must be nice being a minority group SJW these days.

So much attention.

Schitzree
March 12, 2019 2:51 pm

Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the Sahel one of the places that are measurably greening? As in, it can be seen by Satellites? That doesn’t sound like something that would happen at the same time as massive Climate Crisis induced crop failures.

~_~

David Chappell
Reply to  Schitzree
March 12, 2019 8:04 pm

The Sahel is only the southern part of Sudan, there’s still a lot of the country that is desert.

clipe
March 12, 2019 2:59 pm

Is that Justin Trudeau?

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Donald Kasper
March 12, 2019 3:08 pm

The women are all that remain because the men went off to fight in Jihad in Syria and Iraq, and none came back.

commieBob
Reply to  Donald Kasper
March 12, 2019 3:41 pm

The men didn’t leave because they were needed for the ongoing civil wars at home. link Except for that tiny technical detail, you got it in one.

Michael Jankowski
Reply to  Donald Kasper
March 12, 2019 4:08 pm

Oh please.

Gerry, England
Reply to  Donald Kasper
March 13, 2019 7:10 am

I thought all the men were heading across to Europe and generally to the English Channel ports to get to the UK. There are always comments about the lack of women and children.

March 12, 2019 3:11 pm

Far too many people scratching a living in parts of the world where the
annual rainfall is not enough for survival. Its just the usual rubbish from the
UN, must give the staff something too do.

MJE

ren
March 12, 2019 3:27 pm

A tropical cyclone will land ashore in Mozambique.
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Derg
Reply to  ren
March 12, 2019 4:09 pm

Ren very cool image. Is that unusual for that area?

ren
Reply to  Derg
March 13, 2019 7:41 am

Quite unusual.
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Capitalist-Dad
March 12, 2019 3:35 pm

The Kinison bit was proceless! And true! It’s the dessert! Nothing grows there! That’s exactly what Nature is trying to tell you with the hunger pangs. Get the U-Haul and move where the food is.

HotScot
Reply to  David Middleton
March 12, 2019 4:25 pm

David Middleton

I can’t bring myself to make a “dessert” pun.

It would be just too cruel.

meiggs
March 12, 2019 3:35 pm

“the number of WOMEN farmers—and those performing traditionally MALES roles”……the ol’ dehumanizing half the population that’s been the MSM narrative since at least the early 90’s…..this statement always inspires me to aske the brain washed the obvious question: MALE what? Are we talking about male and female homo sapiens or men and women? Somebody please explain this to me!

troe
March 12, 2019 3:47 pm

It’s all so damn dumb keeps coming to my mind. BUT there are many, many people earning a living with this drivel, many others reaping rents, and the obtuse who eat what they are fed.

Remember when communists stopped believing in communism/socialism. That would be good if that would happen in this case.

Marcus
March 12, 2019 4:05 pm

David
“to go to the destitute city of Khartoum to seek unemployment…”
Should that be”employment” ?

Robert W. Turner
March 12, 2019 4:11 pm

I wonder how many times the raw data for Sudan has been adjusted to make any separation at all in the temperature. You’d think there would be a bigger difference in the winter than in the summer, you know, according to their radiative forcing hypothesis.

Here’s the real reason why Sudan has been a little drier on average, natural variation in the ITCZ – it was a little further south over the longitudes of Sudan in the past 15 years.

https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Average-position-of-ITCZ-in-the-period-of-ten-years_fig3_312541412

Robert
March 12, 2019 4:40 pm

They get away with publishing such articles because few could find this nation on a map much less have any understanding of what its climate has been or presently is.

Glenn Vinson
March 12, 2019 4:50 pm

Wait….they have tractors?

LdB
Reply to  Glenn Vinson
March 12, 2019 5:47 pm

Yeah they have them 26000 in 2008 and increasing and fossil fuel to run them.

https://tradingeconomics.com/sudan/agricultural-machinery-tractors-wb-data.html

There official temperature profile doesn’t meet what is suggested either
https://tradingeconomics.com/sudan/temperature

There GDP also shows an interestign trend
https://tradingeconomics.com/sudan/gdp-per-capita

Clearly climate change is helping them and they need more of it 🙂

Pat Frank
March 12, 2019 6:00 pm

Sudan also has the Janjaweed. Armed Muslim groups aiming to “arabize” the country. A term meaning genocidal intent.

The Sudanese males are particular targets for death. That may have something to do with why they’ve become scarce.

-d
March 12, 2019 6:33 pm

Published in Christian Science Monitor online 12 March 2019: __‘A women’s revolution’: Why women are leading calls for change in Sudan __, by South African correspondent Ryan Lenora Brown. Seems like a case of actual journalism. Turns out that Sudanese women are banding together and with men to protest fundamentalist islamist rule by a pseudo-communist dictator — one of that over-protected, too frequently encountered type that the UN rarely criticises. Easier to blame capitalist imperialist climate changers, and much more likely to get funded.

Patrick MJD
March 12, 2019 7:20 pm

“While the scene is age-old, the number of women farmers—and those performing traditionally male roles—has grown out of the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation.”

Climate change? Nothing to do with men fighting an internal war, tearing the country apart, fighting in Kenya and raiding ships in the Gulf? Nah, wouldn’t be anything to do with that.

Susan
March 13, 2019 1:30 am

In most parts of Africa the women traditionally do the field work. Maybe it only becomes men’s work when there are tractors.

MattS
March 13, 2019 1:37 am

The Sahel is getting greener…

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