COP27 side-event | Failing Crops and Fragile Peace: Accelerating Action to Address Food Insecurity and Human Mobility in Africa's Climate Hotspots
12 Nov 2022, 09:30am
French Pavilion, Sharm El Sheikh International Convention Centre (SHICC), El Salam Road, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
ICRC, IFRC, IOM, FAO, UNHCR, France
9:30AM-11AM UTC+2 (Sharm El Sheikh time)
In Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt: the event will take place in the blue zone, in the French Pavilion.
The impacts of climate change are disproportionately felt by the poorest and most vulnerable populations, particularly in Africa. Climate change amplifies vulnerabilities and risks and can exacerbate existing tensions and challenges, especially in places where people’s coping mechanisms have already been compromised due to displacement, resource depletion, conflict and other shocks and stresses, increasing food insecurity and malnutrition. According to the 2022 Global Report on Food Crises, almost 85 percent of the acutely food insecure people in 2021 were acutely food insecure because of weather extremes and conflict, or a combination of the two. The IPCC AR6 2022 report highlights that extreme climate events are key drivers in the rising acute food insecurity and malnutrition of millions of people requiring humanitarian assistance in Africa. Between 2015 and 2019, an estimated 45.1 million people in the Horn of Africa and 62 million people in eastern and southern Africa required humanitarian assistance due to climate-related food emergencies. Resilient agrifood systems are a crucial part of the solution to the climate and other cascading crises. Bringing bio-economy opportunities to local communities provides alternative livelihoods and contributes to preventing forced displacement and reducing risks and impacts from crises.
This event will focus on highlighting local action in fragile contexts in the African continent that need greater support from international and regional donors and organizations working across the humanitarian, development and peace nexus to build resilience to climate risks and impacts on people's food, homes, and livelihoods.
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Ms. Ileana Sînziana PUȘCAȘ, Programme Officer, Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Division, International Organization for Migration
and Ms.Christina Ninfa Daszkiewicz, Project Officer, Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Division, International Organization for Migration