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.
COP 20 climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, start Monday December 1st. Among the most significant impacts of climate change is the potential increase in hunger. In this video interview, WFP’s Richard Choularton explains what the UN organization will be doing at COP, and highlights the importance of building the resilience of vulnerable people in order to eradicate global hunger.
Climate change disproportionally affects the most vulnerable people at risk of hunger, especially women and children, and their livelihoods. The vast majority of the world's hungry people–805 million according to the latest State of Food Insecurity (SOFI) report–live in fragile environments prone to climate hazards with which they cannot cope.
Climate change puts millions of people's lives at risk, and traps poor households in food insecurity and poverty, often forcing them to resort to drastic measures, such as taking their children out of school or selling their productive assets. When climate disasters strike, the situation of already vulnerable people can quickly deteriorate into a food and nutrition crisis.
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.
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.