Will climate change make food more expensive?

April 16, 2021 1327 views 0 comment 3 minutes reading time
Will climate change make food more expensive?

The thought that the food we consume will soon become more expensive due to climate change lingers on the minds of many. Experts have shown that the continent is most likely to be adversely affected by climate change. The factors leading to this conclusion include the lack of adaptation, high rates of poverty and over-reliance on rain-fed agriculture.

The world’s population is expected to near 10bn by 2050. Such an increase in population translates to a rise in the demand for food. Climate change experts suggest that the global population may be facing a hunger crisis as the impact of climate change is expected to reduce agriculture yields by over 30% by the year 2100. 

We asked Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, on the possibility of climate change making food more expensive on the continent. This is what he had to say.

Sara Mbago-Bhunu, the Director of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) East and Southern Africa Division, shared her sentiments on climate change with a lens that examines the future.

Climatic variation is common throughout the continent and puts major stress on food security. Most governments have also ensured that departments have been established to deal with issues of food security as a priority, but even as individual governments try to mitigate the effects of climate change, analysts predict an increase in diseases and pests due to soil alteration. Sara Mbago-Bhunu and Kandeh Yumkellla look at the possible solution for this silent but impending pandemic.

Measures to address climate change challenges are being implemented by different countries, but who is to blame for the slow pace of execution?

Kandeh Yumkella insists on a clear climate change strategy:

Despite a post-COVID-19 report indicating that levels of emissions have decreased in Africa, there is a significant increase in the cases of non-communicable diseases recorded every year on the continent. Research shows a correlation between the food consumed and the sharp increase in lifestyle diseases, with many healthcare systems ill-equipped to meet the demand. Sarah Mbago speaks to these issues and calls for more consumer education in the near future.

The price of a plate of fries from your favorite restaurant might just skyrocket as the effects of climate change start to hit home. However, the current trend on food prices could be reversed if governments implement effective strategies to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.

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