UN Climate Summit: 23 September 2014
More than 120 world leaders are attending the one-day UN Climate Summit in New York today. It is essential that the most food insecure and vulnerable people are considered adequately in the global climate change process and outcomes, both today and in the run-up to Paris 2015.
At the Summit, WFP will announce the expansion of the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative to Malawi and Zambia. WFP will also support the launch of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (ACSA), in particular its focus on helping food insecure smallholder farmers build their resilience to adapt to climate risks.
The Summit takes place one day ahead of the start of the United Nations General Assembly. Here is WFP's UNGA overview for this coming week in New York.
Climate change multiplies existing threats to food security, hunger and malnutrition. It is making natural disasters more frequent and intense, land and water more scarce and difficult to access, and increases in agricultural productivity even harder to achieve.
Climate change is disproportionally affecting the most vulnerable people, especially women, children and their livelihoods - ultimately putting hundreds of millions of people at risk.
Map: Climate Change & Food Security
This map weaves together the latest information on climate change
and food insecurity to show how the two are related. See slideshow
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Unless considerable efforts are made to improve people's resilience, by 2050, the risk of hunger and child malnutrition could increase by up to 20 per cent due to climate change.
Working with governments, international partners and local communities, WFP is assisting people who are:
WFP supports climate vulnerable people with food assistance to build assets, attend trainings, strengthen resilience to climate shocks and preserve livelihoods.
How WFP Helps Communities Affected By Climate Change
WFP is a leading innovator of climate risk management solutions for food insecure populations. Innovation areas include: