WFP Stresses Seven Facts on Climate Change and Hunger

5 December 2011: On the sidelines of the Durban Climate Change Conference, the World Food Programme (WFP) issued a press release underscoring seven facts on climate change and hunger.

The facts include that: climate change is expected to add another 10-20 percent to the total number of hungry people by the year 2050; by 2050 we can expect 24 million more malnourished children as a result of climate change, and almost half of this increase, 10 million children, will be in sub-Saharan Africa; between 1980 and 2006 the number of climate-related disasters has quadrupled; the number of people affected by climate-related disasters is expected to reach 375 million per year by 2015; in 2010, climate-related extreme events and disasters affected some 300 million people, most often in countries that have little capacity to cope; with climate change, two-thirds of the arable land in Africa could be lost by 2025, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO); and by 2030, climate change could push food prices up by 50-90 percent more than they would otherwise be expected to rise, according to a recent report by Oxfam. [WFP Press Release]