In a significant world-first, the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) has declared that the Madagascan Famine crisis is "because of climate change.” Responding to the declaration, the Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Climate Change – Janet Finch-Saunders MS – has made clear that this announcement should ring “all alarm bells” over the need for immediate action at COP26 and an emphasis placed on food security.
Commenting, Janet said:
“This bold declaration from the World Food Programme underlines the catastrophic impact that global Climate Change will continue to have on the health and well-being of peoples around the world if ambitious political action is not taken in the here and now. “That this is the first famine to be attributed directly to Climate Change should ring all alarm bells signifying a need for action to be taken at COP26, with an emphasis placed on ensuring long-term food security. Bold strokes must be taken to ensure that we support sustainable, active farming around the world in an effort to reduce food miles and embrace seasonality. “With warnings that such droughts could become routine, and with children younger than five years of age continuing to face the risk of malnutrition, it is incumbent on Governments of all levels to play their role. With many people already feeling the consequences of Climate Change, sustainable food security must be placed at the very heart of decision making.”
Notes for Editors:
According to the UN, Southern Madagascar is experiencing its worst drought in four decades with more than 1.14 million people food insecure. Of those, an estimated 14,000 people are already in catastrophic conditions, known as IPC Phase 5, which will double by October.
Photo: Janet Finch-Saunders MS/AS