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WFP urges greater efforts to fight hunger, climate crisis

Havana, Oct 15 (Prensa Latina) The World Food Program (WFP) on Friday urged all nations on World Food Day to redouble their efforts to tackle hunger and climate crisis.

A message for the date, released by the WFP representation in Cuba, said the world is facing up an exponential hunger rise due to the threat of climate change and consequences, which urgently call for global actions that help communities to adapt to these phenomena.

Before WFD, which is celebrated every October 16, WFP´s Executive Director David Beasley claimed the world is not prepared for an unprecedented increased hunger rate that is coming if nations do not invest in programs that make us resilient to climate change.

Vulnerable communities, most of which depend on agriculture, fishing and livestock, are the ones that contribute the least to climate crisis, but bear the brunt because they also have limited resources to mitigate climate change´s impacts, Beasley said.

To Cuba, major threats are the increased ambient temperatures and sea level, severity of extreme meteorological events and the progressive reduction of rainfall, generating increasingly frequent and severe droughts.

‘Natural hazards are not a disaster if they are not linked to a vulnerable community or population,’ said WFP´s representative in Cuba Paolo Mattei.

Cuba has reiterated its political will to join the efforts to halt hunger worldwide, a goal promoted by the UN development agenda to be fulfilled in 2030.


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