Climate change is an undoubted contributor to the global food crisis. Natural disasters and poor weather is leading to 193 million people facing acute food insecurity.
While food aid is vital, improving food systems and reducing reliance on food imports is the route to a long-term solution. In an article for the Des Moines Register, Cary Fowler, US government food security envoy, details the importance of developing reliable local production and well-functioning markets to support farmers.
The United States government’s Feed the Future initiative is addressing some of these challenges, such as by supporting the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) to develop drought-tolerant maize, which is now planted on 17 million acres in Africa. This variety is making a significant difference to food security.