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“Climate change threatens millions of children with hunger”

2009

Geoffrey York in The Globe and Mail

Malnutrition will strike another 25 million children in the world’s poorest countries if climate change continues unabated, a new study says.

Africa and South Asia will be the hardest-hit regions as rising temperatures lead to lower crop yields and higher prices for basic food staples such as wheat, rice and maize, according to the study to be released Wednesday by the International Food Policy Research Institute.

Higher prices will force many to survive on less food. If nothing is done, the average person in sub-Saharan Africa will have 500 fewer calories per day by the year 2050, representing a 21 per cent decline, the Washington-based institute predicts.

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