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Climate change will intensify global world hunger

Published on 2 April 2014 Global

A U.K.-based global charity devoted to fighting hunger and injustice released a new study this week that predicts climate change will intensify global world hunger.

The study is called "Hot and Hungry," and was released on March 25 by Oxfam.

The report analyzes ten "gap areas" that measure a country's capability or incapability to fend for itself in a warming environment.

These areas include: social protection, food crisis aid, food stocks, gender, crop irrigation, crop insurance, weather monitoring, public agricultural investment, adaptation finance, and agricultural research.

"Climate change is the biggest threat to our chances of winning the fight against hunger," Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International, said in a statement. "It could have grave consequences for what we all eat, but the world is woefully under-prepared for it."

The report shows that poorer countries already dealing with food uncertainties, as they won't be as prepared as other countries to adapt to changing climates. They will also be more susceptible to the agricultural impact climate changes will have on locations.

Smaller changes like increases in temperature and instable rainfall patterns are already having an impact on agricultural yields, according to the study.

If changes in human behavior don't happen quick, reduced crop yields, increased food prices, hunger, famine, and drought can all be expected sooner rather than later. Unemployment in the agricultural sector due to declining harvest has also been predicted.

Oxfam's report was released six days before the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is set to issue to their latest report soon.

The new report is expected to forecast a 2 percent decrease in food production each decade, mainly due to climate change and the fact that food demand increases 14 percent each decade.

Source: Auto World News | 27 March 2014