More than 1.2 billion people could be driven from homes by extreme weather, drought and food shortages by 2050
The armed conflict in Yemen has brought famine, displacement, and violence to its residents since 2015. The country faces one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises with more than 24 million people requiring assistance, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Since 1949, China lost one fifth of its arable land to urbanisation and industrialisation and currently only about 10 to 15 per cent of the land is left good for agriculture (compared to 50 percent in India).
In the late 18th century, a French zoologist visiting South Africa documented a deadly local livestock disease, known as bluetongue, noting a “prodigious swelling of the tongue, which then fills the whole mouth and throat; and the animal is every moment in danger of being choaked [sic].” Fast-forward some 240 years, and the disease can be found virtually worldwide.
Ensuring job opportunities in other states can help to prevent the poor from moving to Kuala Lumpur merely to live off handouts, two social scientists said yesterday.
"Food systems have the potential to nurture human health and support environmental sustainability; however, they are currently threatening both." This sentence, the opening statement of the EAT-Lancet Report published last year, reflects a growing consensus among global experts on food, nutrition and the environment: Our food system is broken and we need to fix it, fast.