The climate crisis has joined conflicts and economic inequality as one of the main drivers of hunger. Climate shocks such as drought, storms, and floods have more than doubled over the past 4 decades and cause increasing losses and damages to food systems. Heatwaves and wildfires are picking up speed and represent new challenges for governments and the humanitarian system. At the same time, lower-level climatic variations play an increasing role in driving chronic hunger. Climate-induced migration and displacement aggravate displacement and conflict, both within countries as well as between them. Against the backdrop of unabated global warming, humanitarian and development actors are challenged to direct more targeted support to countries that are experiencing increasingly severe and compound impacts of climate change on food security. Building on observations and experiences in the field, this webinar will provide an overview of climate change as a humanitarian issue and discuss solutions and perspectives for humanitarian action in a rapidly changing environment.
Advance reading suggestion: Climate Risk Financing: Early Response and Anticipatory Actions for Climate Hazards | World Food Programme (wfp.org)