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UN report warns that without measures to halt and reverse climate change, food production could become impossible in large areas of the world

A food distribution briefing in Malikopo, Chikwawa, one of the areas of Malawi most affected by this year’s severe drought. Photograph: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images

Up to 122 million more people worldwide could be living in extreme poverty by 2030 as a result of climate change and its impacts on small-scale farmers’ incomes, a major UN report warned on Monday.

Read more: Climate change could drive 122m more people into extreme poverty by 2030

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Children holding plates wait in queue to receive food at an orphanage run by an NGO in Chennai, India - REUTERS

It was established in 1979 to honor the founding date of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945. Today it is observed around the world by more than 150 countries, raising awareness to issues that cause hunger and poverty. Each year in order to highlight areas for focus and improvement, World Food Day adopts a different theme. This year the theme is ‘Climate is changing, food and agriculture must too.’ The global goal for defeating hunger is 2030; it is a goal that cannot be reached without addressing the issue of climate change.

Read more: 16 October 2016: World Food Day addresses climate change

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UN headquarters in New York City. Photo by Astrid Riecken/CTBTO

Last week brought significant progress on the climate action and sustainable development agendas as government, business leaders and civil society gathered in New York for the UN General Assembly and Climate Week. Barely a day went by without a significant new launch or diplomatic breakthrough to advance these two agendas, which was especially heartening to see on the first anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Read more: 5 Big Outcomes from Climate Week and the UN General Assembly

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