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Tearfund Statement on UN Hunger Report

15 Sep 2017

Please find below a quote from Tearfund after the UN State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report found the number of hungry people in the world is on the rise for the first time in a decade. The report states the figure has been driven by conflict and climate change.

Tearfund’s Global Advocacy and Influencing Director Dr Ruth Valerio said:

“After a decade of declining levels of global hunger, this report should act as a wake up call to all of us. People are being pushed further into poverty around the world because the climate is changing fast. There are more droughts, more floods, and less reliable rain, which makes it harder for people in poverty to feed themselves.

“The historic 2015 Paris Climate Agreement seeks to limit the rise in global temperatures to well below 2°C, but to make a significant difference to the world’s hungry people, governments need to take urgent action to keep these promises.

“This news motivates us all to play our part by minimising our carbon footprints and continuing to call for peace in places where conflict leads to hunger.

“It’s a huge injustice that the poorest communities suffer the most from climate change, when they’ve contributed the least to the problem.

“If we want to beat poverty, injustice and hunger we need to tackle climate change.”