UN expert says climate change is a major threat to food security

2015-11-04 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) On November 30th a major international conference on climate change will open in Paris in an attempt to agree a legally-binding deal which will keep rises in global temperatures to below 2 degrees Celsius.

But less than a month before the summit begins the UN special rapporteur on the right to food has sounded the alarm, saying climate change is a big threat to food security.

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Hilal Elver says two billion people in certain parts of the world could be affected by hunger and malnutrition in the coming years.

The U.N expert also explains that more extreme weather, higher temperatures, floods, droughts and rising sea levels linked to climate change are threatening people's access to food over the long term.

So what can be done alleviate this threat. Hilal Elver is recommending a shift from large-scale, industrial agriculture to ``agro-ecology'' that supports the local food movement, small-scale farmers and the environment.

She also says that, civil society pressure is mounting on participants to “achieve results in Paris by adopting a human rights approach to the climate change agreement that will respect, protect and fulfil human rights of all persons, and especially those most vulnerable. “

 

(from Vatican Radio)