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IPCC Calls For Resilient Food Systems, Says Global Warming Damaging Food Security

By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja

Experts on the platform of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have called for fundamental reform of food systems to avoid food-basket failures and unprecedented hunger.

This is coming in reaction to the publication of the synthesis report on the climate crisis from IPES

The IPCC synthesis report, agreed by governments and scientists in a statement today, sounded a warning that: Global warming is already killing people, destroying nature, reducing food security, and making the world poorer.

They added that the damages will accelerate as temperatures rise further, causing unprecedented costs to people, economies, the environment, and food security. Deeper and faster cuts to greenhouse gas emissions are the only way to limit this.

“Every part of the world is already being hit and will face escalating costs, with poorer places and people, including smallholder farmers and Indigenous People, most at risk.

We are nowhere near on track to achieve the Paris targets of keeping warming below 2°C, and ideally 1.5°C. 1.5°C of warming risks crop failure of staple foods in major food-producing countries.

Ethiopia, food systems expert with IPES-Food and coordinator of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa, Million Belay, said: “Food systems around the world are being pounded by the climate crisis now. Every fraction of a degree of warming raises the risk of food shortages and multiple crop failures.

He stated that “Small-scale farmers in the Global South are being hit first and worst by climate change – though they did not cause this crisis. The world’s poorest countries are also drowning in debt, with little ability to invest in building resilience to climate change. These countries urgently need support, climate finance, and wholesale debt relief to build resilient, diversified food systems.

“Transforming food systems is now an urgent priority and a massive opportunity – to cut the third of global warming emissions coming from industrial food and farming.” He added

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