The climate crisis and the food crisis are inherently linked. As global temperatures rise, food production becomes more difficult and uncertain due to changes in weather patterns and increased frequency of extreme weather events such as droughts or floods. This leads to long-term negative effects like decreased soil fertility, poorer health of the people and economic loss.
The effects of climate change on food security and nutrition are particularly apparent in poor countries. When food availability is degraded due to changing climate conditions, there is a higher risk of malnutrition among vulnerable groups and populations who struggle to access nutritious foods.
To mitigate the effects of climate crisis on food security and nutrition, it is critical that governments think and act holistically, and take the interlinkages of climate crisis and food production into account in political decision-making. Proactive steps and bolt political action need to be taken now towards strategies for climate resilient and future-proof food systems.
In alignment with the Paris Agreement pointing out the priority of safeguarding food security, this event will underline the interdependence of climate change, food security and healthy diets, presenting solutions towards climate resilient food systems, especially in vulnerable regions and for most vulnerable groups.
In a moderated panel, experts and politicians will share their perspectives on needs and gaps regarding climate-resilient and future-proof food systems. There will be a focus on immediate and long-term needs to achieve food security under the conditions of climate change, as well as questioning what is hampering action and how these barriers can be overcome.
The event further highlights the outstanding role of the young generation to promote climate-resilient food systems. Through an interactive panel discussion, young people will debate the challenges and opportunities across all stages of the adaptation cycle, including assessment, planning, effective implementation, monitoring of resilience-building initiatives, and equitable access to financial resources. The panel will bring together different perspectives and different actors who so far do not share the stage that often: decision-makers and representatives of the young generation, who will have to live with the consequences of taken – and missed – opportunities.