‘Food Wastage, Price Increase Responsible For Climate Change’

THE United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Resident Representative in Nigeria, Mr. Daouda Toure, has said that climate change in form of extreme weather events, floods, production shocks, population growth, increasing global affluence and natural resource constraints will all impact on food prices.

Mr. Toure, who made the disclosure last week at the World Environment Day celebrations, said that 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year and this amounts to the tonnes of food produced in Sub-Sahara Africa, including Nigeria.

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki – Moon also disclosed in his own address that the problem of about 870 million people who are undernourished with millions of children who suffer from childhood stunting has become a silent pandemic.

He regretted that one third of all food produced fails top make it from farm to table and this represents a massive environmental cost in terms of energy, land and water.

Source: The Guardian


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