UN World Food Programme

The Future of Food and Farming Depends on Climate Action Today

The Heads of the United Nations Rome-based Agencies, FAO, IFAD and WFP,  join their voices for greater efforts and investment to build the resilience of vulnerable people, livelihoods and ecosystems in the face of increasing climate variability and extreme events. Read the opinion piece. Source: Trust.org 


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How Climate Change Affects Hunger

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

Food insecurity and climate change map






How A Village In Kenya Changed With The Climate

Climate change is wreaking havoc across Kenya where farmers no longer know when to expect the rains. In the village of Taveta, farmers on the brink of ruin after season after season of failed harvests, found a way to change with the climate and get their fields growing again. Here's how.



Helping The Most Vulnerable Adapt To Climate Change

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:

  • Most at risk,
  • Most food insecure and
  • Have the least capacity to respond or adapt to climate change.

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:

  • Assisting communities to increase their resilience to shocks and adapt to climate change through improved livelihood practices and creation of  productive assets.
  • Supporting the development of national social protection programmes and safety net mechanisms that can support immediate food needs - alongside activities to boost resilience in affected communities.
  • Helping governments, communities and vulnerable people to better prepare for emergencies through disaster risk reduction, and the development of national risk management frameworks that include vulnerability assessments, early warning systems, and contingency planning components .
  • Assisting governments with immediate emergency responses to climate related hunger crises and disasters through targeted humanitarian relief.

Climate Resilience Innovations

WFP is a leading innovator of climate risk management solutions for food insecure populations. Innovation areas include: