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Action Now Can Prevent Worsening Hunger, Malnutrition

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Is more hunger and malnutrition inevitable? Not necessarily
Frank Rijsberman, CEO of CGIAR

“…Investment in agricultural innovation is key. And we need to do more of it — soon. Some of the most effective ways to deal with climate change, such as adapting crop varieties and livestock to the new conditions, take a full 20 years to develop. … The biodiversity in plants, livestock, trees and fish must also be protected. … Research is also looking into better farming practices. … Furthermore, we need to integrate how the agricultural, forestry and fisheries sectors work within the broader landscape in which they produce food. … And the way we govern will have to change as well. Innovation in policy and institutions are equally important. Prices of food and natural resources need to reflect the costs to the environment and climate. … Yes, climate change is already affecting food security, and we are all likely to be affected, both in our stomachs and in our pockets. But a nightmare scenario is not inescapable. We will be able to address demands for food in the face of climate change if we take this wake-up call as urgent and serious, and further invest in research for a smarter agriculture to drive development” (4/8).