Climate Change Undermining Global Efforts to Eradicate Hunger

Along with military conflicts and global economic meltdowns, climate change is a driving force in the rise in global hunger while extreme weather, land degradation, desertification, water scarcity and rising sea levels—are collectively undermining global efforts to eradicate hunger.

As the UN continues to express concern over rising natural disasters worldwide, the world body is taking an active role in New York City’s “Climate Change Week” which is scheduled to conclude Sunday September 30—and takes place in the margins of the 73rd sessions of the UN General Assembly where more than 125 world political leaders are due to speak this week.

We have more than enough calories, but what about other nutrients?

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh published “the first study to quantitatively map the flow of energy, protein, fat, essential amino acids and micronutrients from ‘field-to-fork’ at a global level and identify hotspots where nutrients are lost. The study shows that while we produce far more nutrients than is required for the global population, inefficiencies in the supply chain leave many people nutrient deficient.”

Asia’s food systems are under pressure study shows

Asian business leaders overwhelmingly agree that there is cause for alarm around Asia’s food security, according to a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

The study, Fixing Asia’s Food Systems, found that population growth, urbanisation and changing food demands are already pressuring Asia’s food systems and will threaten food security if not addressed.

The five-part research program commissioned by Cargill outlines six key megatrends: urbanisation, the double burden of under-nutrition and obesity, technology constraints, the need for transparency and sustainability, and politics.