In 2022, the number of children affected by hunger due to extreme weather events more than doubled compared to previous years. These natural disasters, amplified by climate change, such as droughts, floods, and storms, have directly impacted food security and nutrition for minors across the globe. Vulnerable communities with fewer resources are hit the hardest as these severe weather phenomena damage crops, livestock, and infrastructure, limiting access to nutritious and sufficient food. This rise in food insecurity among children is a wake-up call to the urgency of addressing the impacts of climate change and working on resilience and adaptation solutions for the affected populations.
Children's Hunger Spikes due to Climate Change
More than 27 million children were driven into hunger and malnutrition by extreme weather events in countries heavily impacted by the climate crisis in 2022, marking a 135 per cent increase from the previous year. A study by Save the Children discovered that children constituted nearly half of the 57 million people thrust into crisis levels of acute food insecurity or worse across 12 countries because of extreme weather events in 2022.
Fallout Concentrated in Horn of Africa
The majority of countries where weather extremes were the main driver of hunger last year were concentrated in the Horn of Africa, with Ethiopia and Somalia accounting for about half of the 27 million affected children. Such data underscore the grave reality of climate change and the urgent need for measures to mitigate its effects, particularly for the world's youngest and most vulnerable population.
A Wake-Up Call for Global Action
This alarming increase in child food insecurity serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need to address the effects of climate change and work on resilience and adaptation strategies for the affected populations. As the climate crisis continues to intensify, the welfare of millions of children hangs in the balance, urging the global community to take immediate and decisive action.