The following blog post, authored by Cargill’s Joe Stone and World Wildlife Fund’s David McLaughlin, first appeared on Devex on December 11, 2015.
Food insecurity is often an underappreciated consequence of climate change. Rising temperatures and more frequent extreme weather threaten to change the way we grow our food in the coming decades. Meanwhile, the world’s population is projected to grow to 9.7 billion by 2050 and disposable incomes are rising, so we’ll have to produce up to 70 percent more food.
To make matters even more complicated, populations are set to grow the most in the very regions that will likely suffer the worst impacts from climate change and are already the most food insecure. According to the United Nations, by 2050 “the populations of 28 African countries are projected to more than double, and by 2100, 10 African countries are projected to have increased by at least a factor of five.”
Farmers in developing countries are often among those most vulnerable to food insecurity, given their limited capacity to respond to climate shifts and unpredictable market responses. Their contribution to the local, regional, and global food supply, however, is undeniably significant. For this reason, the planet’s resilience depends on theirs as much as any. Tools and technology to ensure farmer resiliency are critical to ensuring food security globally, now and into the future.
Lessons learned from crisis simulation
Fortunately, there are ways to achieve that goal. At Food Chain Reaction, a crisis simulation held last month in Washington, D.C., 65 leaders and experts from around the world gathered to game out how the public and private sectors would respond to the impacts of climate change on the world’s food supply. Over two days, they were subjected to a mounting series of fictional — but altogether plausible — climate calamities, including heat waves and pests decimating U.S. harvests, faltering monsoons wreaking havoc on India’s agriculture, massive floods driving millions from their homes in Bangladesh, and widespread famine causing civil unrest across Africa…
Read the complete post on Devex at https://www.devex.com/news/when-in-paris-don-t-forget-about-food-security-87480.