Facts blast – Global issues and impact on hunger

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Posted by admin | Posted in Agri Sci, Food Security | Posted on 31-12-2010

International food prices have increased steeply in the past six months, bringing the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price Index to its highest level since the high food price crisis in 2008 (only 16 points short from its peak in June 2008)

  • In many of the countries where WFP works, food prices remain above long-term averages, and higher than the period before the 2008 high food price crisis
  • WFP is monitoring the market situation carefully as price rises can hit the hungry poor hard and as more than half of WFP’s food is purchased with cash donations, higher prices can mean less food for the hungry
  • Climate change is expected to hit developing countries the hardest. Its effects— higher temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, rising sea levels, and more frequent weather-related disasters—pose risks for agriculture, food, and water supplies
  • World population is projected to rise to 9.1 billion in 2050 from a current 6.7 billion, requiring a 70 percent increase in farm production