Marlehn Thieme and Mathias Mogge presenting the Welthungerhilfe Annual Report 2018 in Berlin.
Marlehn Thieme and Mathias Mogge presenting the Welthungerhilfe Annual Report 2018 in Berlin.
Photo: Maurice Weiss/Welthungerhilfe

28.06.2019

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Presenting its Annual Report, Welthungerhilfe demanded that the international community of states at last introduce policies deserving to be called “climate justice”. Germany’s Federal Government should not forget its commitments regarding the least developed countries.

More and more people are fleeing war and armed conflict. At the same time, as a result of climate change, increasing numbers of people are being deprived of a sustainable food base and secure livelihoods. These two factors, currently the chief drivers of hunger, are also determining the activities of Welthungerhilfe. “Many people no longer have any reserves and lack resilience to cope with the ever more frequent extreme weather events. Droughts, floods and cyclones are destroying fields and livestock and exacerbating hunger,” said Welthungerhilfe President Marlehn Thieme, presenting the organisation’s Annual Report 2018 in Berlin, Germany, in late June.

Africa especially hard-hit

In Africa, the focal continent of Welthungerhilfe activities, the disastrous link between climate change and global food security was becoming particularly apparent. In 2017, around 39 million people were no longer getting sufficient amounts of food because of extreme climate events. In March this year, besides ruining houses, schools and roads in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, Cyclone Idai had above all also devastated fields, thus destroying the harvests for the coming months.

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