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WFP warns 2°C rise in average global temperature will lead to 189 mil. more people going hungry Updated: 2021-10-15 17:24:33 KST


The UN's food-assistance branch is warning the Earth faces the possible risk of an exponential increase in hunger fueled by the climate crisis.
Ahead of World Food Day on October 16th, the World Food Programme released a study that shows a 2 degree Celsius rise in the average global temperature from pre-industrial levels will lead to 189 million more people going hungry.
It adds the world's most vulnerable communities, those that rely on agriculture, fishing, and livestock, who contribute the least to emissions, will continue to bear the brunt of the climate crisis.
One example the WFP noted is the southern part of Madagascar, where famine-like conditions have been driven by climate change.
The region has been experiencing consecutive droughts that have pushed nearly 1.1 million people into severe hunger.
Some 14-thousand are currently suffering famine-like conditions, with this number expected to double by the end of the year.
The WFP is currently providing help to communities so they can adapt to the changing climate that threatens their ability to grow food, secure income and ultimately withstand shocks.
So far, it says it has helped 39 governments realize their national climate ambitions.
The organization also says conflict is also plunging millions of people into hunger, but the climate crisis could soon become the main cause of hunger.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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