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29.10.2021 | Press Release

Welthungerhilfe: Climate Crisis Causes Hunger

The UN Climate Conference COP26 in Glasgow

Mehrere Frauen holen mit gelben Kanistern Wasser aus einem Erdloch.
In Wayu Boro Tana River County in Kenya, women fetch dirty water for domestic use. In many parts of Kenya, it has not rained for a year. Smallholder farmers and pastoralists are suffering extremely from the drought. © Welthungerhilfe
Simone Pott Team Communications

Bonn/Berlin, 2021-10-28. Looking ahead to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26 for short, which is starting on Sunday in Glasgow (UK), Marlehn Thieme, the chair of the board of Welthungerhilfe, states:

“Climate change is one of the key factors driving hunger. In the past year, around 811 million people suffered from hunger. Changes in the climate are destroying livelihoods throughout the world and causing great suffering in many places. We see this in Africa, for instance, where flooding, sustained droughts, rising average temperatures, and fundamentally altered precipitation patterns are endangering people’s livelihoods. In South Sudan, where around seven million out of the country’s eleven million residents do not have enough to eat, severe flooding destroyed fields, houses, and wells for the third year in a row. The floods affected 700,000 people already weakened by hunger, COVID-19, and years of civil war. Madagascar presents another example, with the country’s southern regions experiencing the worst drought in 40 years due to three years without rain. 1.1 million people are dependent on food aid. Things are especially bad for the youngest of them, as the lives of tens of thousands of children are under threat.

Impoverished countries are bearing the majority of the burden

Climate change is making itself felt at all levels of society, especially among people who lack resources and are already fighting for survival. Impoverished countries are bearing the majority of a burden created by the rich countries of the Global North. This makes climate change, above all, a question of justice. Glasgow cannot be allowed to fail. The climate conference in Glasgow must deliver ambitious national climate targets and sufficiently funded, practical measures for adapting to climate change. Otherwise, we will not be able to end global hunger.”

Michael Kühn, Senior Policy Advisor at Welthungerhilfe, is available for interviews.

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The food situation in the south of Madagascar is very tense due to the ongoing drought. This family currently lives mainly on cassava, which they grow themselves. © Welthungerhilfe
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In Wayu Boro Tana River County in Kenia holen Frauen schmutziges Wasser für den Hausgebrauch. In vielen Teilen Kenias hat es seit einem Jahr nicht geregnet. Kleinbäuer*innen und Viehhiert*innen leiden extrem unter der Dürre. © Welthungerhilfe
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Climate change-induced extreme weather events, such as a prolonged drought in Somaliland here, are forcing people to leave their homes. © Welthungerhilfe/Thomas Rommel
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A storm rages on Buthony Island, located in Unity State, South Sudan. The country's hunger problems due to ongoing conflicts and displacement are further exacerbated by severe droughts and extreme rainy seasons. © Andy Spyra/Welthungerhilfe
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Changing farming practices in Burkina Faso: using the BRACED consortium (Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters) to make local agriculture more resilient to climate extremes. © Happuc/Welthungerhilfe
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The President of Welthungerhilfe: Marlehn Thieme © Christoph Papsch / Welthungerhilfe
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Recommendations and survey results

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The results of a representative survey conducted by the Allensbach Institute in August 2021 to assess attitudes to climate change and hunger are available here (in German).

Welthungerhilfe is participating in the debate at COP26:

Welthungerhilfe is one of the largest private aid organisations in Germany; politically independent and non-denominational. It is fighting for “Zero Hunger by 2030”. Since it was founded in 1962, more than 10,369 overseas projects in 70 countries have been supported with 4.2 billion euros. Welthungerhilfe works on the principle of empowering people to help themselves: from fast disaster relief to reconstruction and long-term development cooperation projects with national and international partner organisations.

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