The World Food Program has won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize because peace is difficult to work for when people are hungry. But If we think COVID is bad, climate change is really, really going to get a lot worse, especially when we start really getting the full impacts in a couple of decades.

The world faces “a perfect storm” for food security over the coming months and years, made up of conflict, trade disputes, overutilization of natural resources, and an increase in extreme weather events driven by climate change.

Climate change is the greatest long-term threat to global food security, says Mario Herrero, Chief Research Scientist in Agriculture and Food at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. The average annual number of extreme weather events, such as droughts and unusual floods, has more than doubled since the early 1990s, to more than 200. Meanwhile agricultural seasons are becoming destabilized or shortened. “If we think COVID is bad, climate change is really, really a lot worse, especially when we start really getting the impacts in a couple of decades,” Herrero says.

The U.N.’s World Food Program was awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, with the Norwegian Nobel Committee praising the agency’s “impressive ability to intensify its efforts” during the COVID-19 pandemic. The WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency focused on hunger. It seeks to tackle both chronic food insecurity—the long-term lack of access…

The World Food Program Won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. Here’s How the Pandemic Has Made Its Work Even More Essential — TIME
Read more: How Coronavirus Could Set Back the Fight Against Climate Change

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