A report issued Monday by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization warned that climate change, rising ocean levels and the impact of natural disasters and war are pushing some of the world’s most important foodstuffs out of reach.
“The global food supply is not only under stress but is also at risk of disruption due to the impact climate change and sea level rise are having on crops,” the report said.
It pointed to climate change as the biggest threat, saying that the world will experience a temperature rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100.
The report is based on analysis of satellite data, and it has been based on the current situation.
There are about 10 billion people on Earth and about 100 billion people depend on food, according to the report.
“There is a clear need for better information and more robust monitoring of food systems,” said Marwa Nafaa, who leads the report and is the director-general of the Food and Agricultural Organization.
“We know the impacts of climate change are already happening, but we have not yet seen how the impacts will be felt on a global scale,” she said.
“Climate change and water scarcity will increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, and these will affect all people.”
Nafae said that by 2050, a large part of the global population will be affected by the impacts.
“Already there is evidence that people are losing access to safe water and sanitation, and there is a high probability that many of these people will experience increased vulnerability,” the agency said.
The agency also warned that a number of other issues, including growing numbers of people in cities and a growing reliance on urban agriculture, will be exacerbated by climate change.
“Food production is already growing by two-thirds globally, and the pace is expected to accelerate in the coming decades,” the document said.
There will be a need for a large-scale response, including a “global plan” to tackle the challenges, and more coordination between different sectors to tackle them.
“This needs to be coordinated with the governments of the developing countries,” Nafa said.
And while the report does not go into details about how the global food system will be impacted, it said that countries should work together to “reduce reliance on fossil fuels, which can also contribute to climate changes.”
“There are clear signals that climate changes are already having a significant impact on food systems, including the rising sea levels, rising sea-level rise and extreme weather and crop losses,” Nefaa said.
More than 80 percent of the U:S.
corn crop will be lost by 2060, according the USDA, and 80 percent or more of the wheat crop will also be lost.
The average amount of corn, wheat and soybeans lost per year by 2050 is expected at about 30 percent, the report found.
The food system is being damaged by “unprecedented heatwaves, droughts, crop failures and crop loss,” it said.
That has a huge impact on the food system and is contributing to the world having to respond to crises in other sectors, like energy, agriculture and water.
In the last decade, there has been an increase in water scarcity across the world.
According to the International Water Management Association, the world experienced 1.3 inches (4 centimeters) of global water storage in 2010, compared to 1.05 inches (3 centimeters) in 2000.
That was a 2.7 percent increase, the IWW said.
A major source of water is the agricultural sector.
“By 2060 there will be an unprecedented drought and widespread crop failure in the United States,” the IWMA said in a statement.
“In the United Kingdom, there will almost certainly be a global shortage of water, and for many areas in the U, there may not be water to drink for a long time.”
The IWW also said that water shortages could lead to people in the poorest countries being forced to move into cities to find jobs.
“Even if they don’t have jobs in the cities, they will need water, because they are dependent on water,” Nofae said.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.