A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
The failure to tackle climate change threatens all aspects of food security: availability, access, utilization, and stability. The changing climate is already putting at risk the gains in the fight against hunger, and it looks set to worsen. It threatens the production and distribution of food. It threatens people’s ability to access food by undermining their livelihoods and destabilizing prices. And it damages human health by changing diets and putting at risk the quality of food produced.
This briefing explores how these impacts can be averted through urgent action to avoid dangerous climate change, to address our broken food system, and to strengthen its resilience.