Climate change threatens food security

Hilal Elver, the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, has warned the UN General Assembly that climate change threatens food security.  She stated, “Climate change poses severe and distinct threats to food security, and could subject an additional 600 million people to malnutrition by 2080.” Specifically, she said, “Increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather, rising temperatures and sea levels, as well as floods and droughts have a significant impact on the right to food.  All these climate incidents will negatively impact on crops, livestock, fisheries, aquaculture and on people’s livelihoods.”  She presented her report to the General Assembly on October 23.

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