Source: World Food Day, Food and Agriculture Organization of The United Nations
Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too
One of the biggest issues related to climate change is food security. The world’s poorest – many of whom are farmers, fishers and pastoralists – are being hit hardest by higher temperatures and an increasing frequency in weather-related disasters.
At the same time, the global population is growing steadily and is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. To meet such a heavy demand, agriculture and food systems will need to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and become more resilient, productive and sustainable. This is the only way that we can ensure the wellbeing of ecosystems and rural populations and reduce emissions.
Growing food in a sustainable way means adopting practices that produce more with less in the same area of land and use natural resources wisely. It also means reducing food losses before the final product or retail stage through a number of initiatives including better harvesting, storage, packing, transport, infrastructure, market mechanisms, as well as institutional and legal frameworks.
This is why our global message for World Food Day 2016 is “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.”
How Can YOU Help?
Climate actions to change our world
Our planet is heating up. Glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, and extreme weather events like droughts, cyclones and floods are becoming more common. All of these events have two things in common: 1. they have the worst effect on the world’s poorest people, many of whom work as farmers, and make it harder for them to grow food; and 2. they threaten the global goal to end hunger by 2030.
The good news is that we can help. We need to waste less food, save our forests, protect the earth’s precious natural resources like water and land and consume less energy or use energy sources that cause less pollution, among other things.
What can YOU do about it? You can tackle climate change by changing your daily habits and making simple decisions. We challenge you to pick four of the actions below and stick to them. Tell us about your actions to combat climate change by using the hashtag #WFD2016 on social networks!
- Preserve the Earth’s precious natural resources
- Don’t waste water !
- diversify your diet
- keep soils and water clean
- buy organic foods
- efficient is best
Use solar panels or other green energy systems
- Waste less
Buy only what you need
Pick ugly fruit and vegetables
Don’t let labels fool you
Limit your plastic
Recycle paper, plastic, glass and aluminium
Store food wisely
Love your leftovers
Make plant food