PARIS: Millions of smallholder farmers around the world need to “substantially increase” climate aid to alleviate hunger and instability, a United Nations agency warned on Saturday.
Gilbert F. Hongbo, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), said in a statement: “Small farmers make little effort to tackle climate change, but suffer the most from its effects.”
The IFAD added, “If investment … does not increase enough, we are at risk of massive hunger and global instability.” Hangbo said small farmers’ “growing crop failures and livestock deaths have endangered our entire food system”, and warned that “without help, hunger, poverty and displacement would be even greater.” Will happen “.
The UN agency’s warning comes ahead of a climate summit in the Netherlands on January 25 and 26. Meanwhile, IFAD plans to launch a new $ 500 million fund for food security to reduce the risks of climate change.