Climate Change and Food Security:
Environment is just like a home for us. Where we live, breath, eat and get benefits of living. Our resources are entangled in our surroundings which we are using enormously with increasing population. People do not take it seriously as today’s changing climate is showing off. People think that climate change is not personal but it a basic need to deliver that message home that it is as important as food. Climate change is becoming furious for farmers and agricultural services.
Farmers are doing day and night in producing food for over increasing population. Closer look reveals the climate change impacts on weather pattern will have many adverse affects on environment that will threaten the food security around the globe.
Tara Garnett, head of Food Climate Research Network, based at the University of Oxford’s Environmental change Institute concluded “Producing more food does not necessarily reduce the food security issue; food security is multi-dimensional”.
Sustainable intensification is necessary for the survival of future generation. It is the maximum production of food from existing farmland by minimizing the impacts of changing climate. The idea of sustainable intensification is best but not enough to tackle this extreme situation. There must be other circumstances such as availability of food, affordability of food and available of area. Sustainable intensification is actually focused on those people where the largest food gaps are present and where the community’s needs are more dependent on agriculture. But the question is this that how much food? And from where it is needed? Do they have sufficient resources to cope up with intensified production?
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Shift of natural food to processed food is increasing in developing counties. People have more reliance on edible oil and sugar sweetened beverages. This is increasing malnutrition among children which is a burden over economy and social living. Rapid increase in over weight and obesity status among urban and rural areas from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia’s poorest countries have been documented, putting them at risk of diabetes and heart disease (Popkin et al, 2013). The profound message indicates that accessibility of more food doesn’t necessary increase the food security but can cause more harm than good.
” SUSTAINABLE INTENSIFICATION IS IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL MEAN OF ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE. IT IS NECESSARY FOR INCREASING THE LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND INTENSIFIED PRODUCTION”
True, Sustainable intensification is one of the many solutions that can ensure food security and challenges of feeding 9 billion by 2050. What are your views and questions about dealing with climate change by sustainable intensification? We should keep raising questions to solve the puzzle of climate change or food security.