Ending Global Hunger, Poverty Requires Global Community To Focus On, Address Climate Change

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Global hunger is threatening families because of climate change
Siddharth Chatterjee, United Nations resident coordinator to Kenya

“…Today, 15 May, is the United Nations International Day of Families and the theme for this year is, ‘Families and Climate Action.’ The wellbeing of families is central to healthy societies, but is threatened by climate change, especially in the poorest parts of the world. … When crops are wiped out by flood or drought, families are robbed of livelihoods and food security. … The greatest killers of children — malnutrition, diarrheal disease, and malaria — will worsen because of climate change. … Africa’s biggest threat from climate change will remain the inter-generational downward spiral into deeper poverty that is brought on by decreased farm yields. … Increasing resilience to climate-related shocks in Africa’s agriculture will result in a rise in farm productivity. … Ending hunger and poverty is the prime mission of the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, and will demand dramatic shifts in what and how we consume, and above all it will demand cooperation and collaboration on a regional and global scale. It will not be easy, but for the sake of every family, everywhere, we cannot fail” (5/15).

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