Providing children with the nutrition they need means they can fulfil their potential and build a brighter, healthier future.
Climate change is no longer a future threat. It’s happening now.
We see it in more frequent extreme weather like floods, droughts and storms. These destroy homes, habitats and livelihoods and they’re a leading cause of rising hunger levels around the world.
No nation, no matter how rich, is immune to the damage climate change is causing. Many of the worst affected countries are home to people who will find it difficult to adapt to the impacts of climate change due to poverty and inequality.
Extreme weather and hunger
Extreme climate-related disasters have doubled in the last 30 years.
In particular, droughts are driving a continued rise in the number of people going hungry. They lead to steep falls in food production, which means less income for small producers and higher food prices – putting a healthy diet beyond reach for the poorest people.
Sadly, countries across Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa are experiencing more and more of them. Severe drought is a leading cause of undernutrition in more than a third of countries that have seen a rise in hunger levels in the last 15 years.