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Dublin Conference To Highlight Links Between Hunger And Climate

Changing weather patterns and more frequent disasters will take a heavy toll on the world's poor, pushing many over the edge into hunger. Copyright: WFP/Marcus Prior

The link between hunger, nutrition and climate justice was the focus of an international conference in Dublin earlier this month as delegates gathered to discuss the impact of climate change on the lives of millions of people living on the frontlines of hunger.

DUBLIN--WFP had partnered with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and the hosts of the conference, the Government of Ireland and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, to organise the meeting which brought together high-level delegates, and representatives of grass roots organisations from areas that have been affected by climate change.

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“This meeting presents us with a golden opportunity to influence and enrich the process of drawing a roadmap for what comes after the UN’s Millennium Development Goals,” said WFP Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin.

“Ensuring that people everywhere have access to nutritious food is a foundation for future prosperity, particularly when it underpins our approach to communities that are feeling the impact of climate change.”

Communities that have been affected by climate change can no longer depend on their immediate environment to provide basic needs such as food, water and energy, and this exacerbates their vulnerability, increasing the risk of hunger and under-nutrition.

The conference built on the experience of local groups and national organisations so that they could enhance international policy-making when it comes to building a global agenda to address the links between changes in climate and hunger.

Among those travelling to Dublin were national representatives of groups from Ecuador, Ethiopia and Bangladesh that have received WFP food assistance in support of projects that are helping communities to adapt to climate change.

The organisers of the conference hope that the event will inspire new ways of thinking about global development challenges by listening to and learning from the experiences of local people.

In particular, delegates focused on the importance of women in ensuring food and nutrition security for their families and communities, and their central role in responding to climate change.