WFP develops innovations to build the resilience of food insecure people to climate disasters.
The Climate Summit in Paris (COP 21) is less than a month away. Here is what can be done to build the resilience of food insecure people to climate change, and how countries at COP 21 can help achieve a meaningful agreement in the battle against hunger.
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. 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.
The Most Vulnerable People At Risk
Climate change puts millions of people's lives at risk, and traps poor households in food insecurity and poverty. Climate shocks disproportionally affect the most vulnerable people at risk of hunger, especially women and children. The vast majority of the world's hungry people live in fragile environments prone to climate hazards with which they cannot cope. When climate disasters strike, the situation of already vulnerable people can quickly deteriorate into a food and nutrition crisis.
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.
WFP's climate resilience work is closely integrated with the organisation's Disaster Risk Reduction efforts.