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Sahel: Climate Change - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:24 pm on 24th July 2019.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench 3:24 pm, 24th July 2019

My Lords, does the Minister recognise the link between the desertification of areas such as Darfur in Sudan and in Nigeria, where herders and pastoralists are often therefore in conflict because of the reduction in land available for farming, and the growth of groups such as the Fulani militias in Nigeria and the Janjaweed in Darfur? Is this not an issue that the noble Baroness, Lady Sheehan, is right to point us towards, since it directly relates to the levels of conflict in countries where we want to see genuine development?