The current food supply chain (production, transport, processing, packaging, storage, consumption, loss and waste) supplies the vast majority of the world’s population and corresponds to the (direct and indirect) professional activity of about 200 million people.
Despite the achievements in terms of food security, more than 820 million people in the world go hungry, more than 2 billion live in moderate or severe food insecurity and more than 2 billion people are obese or overweight.
We know today that climate change negatively affects all 4 pillars of food security: availability, access, use and stability. Food availability decreases due to the negative impacts of climate change. Productivity is also negatively affected by increased pests and diseases. Access to and stability of food can be affected by disruptions in markets, prices, infrastructure, transport, manufacturing. Stability in food supply can be affected by extreme events, such as floods, which will disrupt transport and markets.
Impacts on the entire production chain contribute to increased food insecurity, which is in itself a critical factor in driving international migration, further compounded by conflict, income inequality and population growth. Migration itself causes food insecurity, given the lack of income opportunities and adverse conditions caused by conflict situations.
The interlinkage between climate change – food security – migration has a dramatic effect on the lives of millions of people.
The #GoEAThical campaign
Campaign to promote fairer, more dignified and sustainable development
As global citizens of the European Union it is our responsibility to take up the challenges facing the world. Migration and climate change are at the top of the (development) concerns shared by EU citizens.
Our food system has a huge influence and impact on climate change and the causes of migration (poverty, hunger, etc.). To ensure a sustainable change in the attitudes and behaviour of more than 30 million young Europeans, we will start by analysing food production and consumption systems and highlight the glocal interconnections between issues and clearly demonstrate that we all have a leading role to play in promoting a fairer, more dignified and more inclusive world.
If, like us, you want to be an agent of social transformation and participate in the activities of the #GoEAThical Campaign, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the reasons for your motivation.