World Disasters Report 2011 Calls for Action on Hunger and Malnutrition
22 September 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have joined with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on the occasion of the launch of the World Disasters Report 2011, which addresses the problem of hunger and malnutrition, highlighting the impacts of climate change on agricultural production.
The report identifies a lack of investment in agriculture, rising food prices, climate change and commodity market speculation as factors contributing to severe hunger and malnutrition. It notes that three million children die before the age of five due to under nutrition, with many more suffering from stunted growth due to a lack of food. The report presents approaches to support local farmers and small-scale agriculture, as well as the role of women in agriculture. Describing the role of climate change in affecting food market volatility, the report calls for adaptive measures to be taken. [WFP Press Release] [World Disasters Report 2011]