Climate Change Drives Up Rural Poverty in Latin America
Publisher: Inter Press Service News Agency
Date Written: 24/11/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23114
In Latin America and the Caribbean region's first meeting of Week of Agriculture and Food, held in November 2018, more than 1,000 officials and experts agreed that the fall in agricultural yields and increasing migration from the countryside are consequences of global warming.
The director of IICA also drew attention to the fact that "there are many losers with global warming, but a few winners, which are the temperate countries."
The Buenos Aires meeting came at a particularly dramatic time for the region: in the last three years, the number of hungry people has increased.
There are 39 million hungry people, despite the fact that, according to FAO, Latin America and the Caribbean produce enough food not only for the region's 646 million inhabitants but also for 169 million more.
In addition, 294 million people (46 per cent of the population) suffer from some form of malnutrition.