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Bangladesh villagers still struggling after Cyclone Aila's devastation

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The story of livelihoods destroyed by cyclone and floods in 2009 represents in microcosm the threat from climate change to low-lying Bangladesh. Apart from the threat of cyclones, a more insidious problem for those living in the Sundarbans is increasing water salination, making it hard to grow even salt-resistant rice and maize. (..) Kristalina Georgieva, the EU's head of humanitarian operations, makes the case that it is no longer affordable to wait for crises to hit when it is cheaper – and the right thing to do – is to take pre-emptive action. (..) In Ethiopia, the World Food Programme is increasingly moving into development work, helping farmers to rehabilitate degraded soil.