February 6

How Does Climate Change Threaten Global Food Production?

By Corey Lesk, Kai Kornhuber

In recent years, record-breaking heatwaves, droughts, and floods are becoming increasingly common across the globe. These extreme weather events impact supply chains, built infrastructure, people’s livelihoods – and food production.

Over the last decades, the world has experienced many episodes of crop production shortfalls in major cropping areas, regions known as ‘breadbaskets’.

But because many global staple crops are widely traded, a good harvest in one region can balance a poor harvest in another. This keeps global food prices stable and ensures that large parts of the world can have access to sufficient amounts of nutritious and affordable food.

Photo courtesy of WBK Photography.


Source: Context (link opens in a new window)

Agriculture, Environment
climate change, food security, nutrition, supply chains