Oxfam says that storms and droughts that have unleashed dangerous surges in food prices could be a ‘grim foretaste’ of what lies ahead when climate change bites more deeply.
In a report issued at the start of United Nations climate talks, the British charity pointed to spikes in wheat, corn and sorghum prices, triggered by extreme weather that had driven tens of millions into poverty over the past 18 months.
The organisation’s Kelly Dent, points out that, “This will only get worse as climate change gathers pace and agriculture feels the heat." Dent warned that when a weather event drives local or regional price spikes, poor people often face a double shock.
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