The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has created a new research tool focusing on how climate change impacts hunger. The Food Insecurity and Climate Change Vulnerability map will be unveiled Tuesday at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21).
WFP’s food security experts teamed up with scientists from the Met Office Hadley Centre to create the map. This research shows how climate change impacts the food supplies of nations today. The map takes things further by making projections on how the future may look in those same countries.
The map shows how adaptation and humanitarian support can prevent the effects of climate change on hunger. It will also show how failing to curb greenhouse gas emissions could leave millions more people hungry.
“This map paints a stark picture of how climate disasters drive hunger. In Paris, we must decide between a future world where ending hunger is achievable – or one where we and every future generation continue this losing struggle responding to the scourge of global hunger,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin.
Kirsty Lewis, Climate Security Science Manager at the Met Office, adds, “Our joint research shows how climate change can affect the scale and geography of food insecurity, and how adaptation and mitigation can address the challenges of future food insecurity in developing and least-developed countries.”
WFP attended the Paris Conference because of the urgency in reducing the effects climate change. The new tool can educate people on world hunger, but also inform on what cation can be taken.
For more information visit the Food Insecurity and Climate Change web site.