What do we need to deliver on promises of COP21 for the most food insecure? Three key actions.

How Climate Change Affects Hunger

Climate change is making climate disasters, such as floods and droughts, more frequent and intense, land and water more scarce and difficult to access, and increases in agricultural productivity even harder to achieve.

These impacts are increasing the risk of hunger and the breakdown of food systems. Without considerable efforts made to improve people's climate resilience, it has been estimated that the risk of hunger and malnutrition could increase by up to 20 percent by 2050.

Food Insecurity and Climate Change Vulnerability map

The Food Insecurity and Climate Change Vulnerability map, produced by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Met Office Hadley Centre, illustrates how strong adaptation and mitigation efforts will prevent the worst impacts of climate change on hunger globally and help make people less vulnerable to food insecurity.
Click on the image below to access the map.

The Most Vulnerable People at Risk

Climate change puts millions of people's lives at risk, and traps poor households in food insecurity and poverty. Climate shocks disproportionally affect the most vulnerable people at risk of hunger, especially women and children. The vast majority of the world's hungry people live in fragile environments prone to climate hazards with which they cannot cope. When climate disasters strike, the situation of already vulnerable people can quickly deteriorate into a food and nutrition crisis.

WFP: Climate Resilience Innovations

Working with governments, international partners and local communities, WFP has expertise in developing and delivering large-scale climate resilience innovations. These innovations help communities who are the most food insecure, most at risk and with the least capacity to prepare for, respond to and recover from climate-related disasters so that food security is no longer an elusive goal for them.

WFP's climate resilience work is closely integrated with the organisation's Disaster Risk Reduction efforts.