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million more malnourished children by 2050 due to climate change

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25 million more malnourished children by 2050 due to climate change

In developing countries, climate change will cause yields to decline and prices to rise, increasing the numbers of malnourished children by 25 million by 2050, according to a new IFPRI study. Climate Change: Impact of Agriculture and Costs of Adaptation projects that US$7 billion additional annual investments in rural development will be needed to offset the negative impacts of climate change and help farmers adapt. "Investments are needed in agricultural research, improved irrigation, and rural roads to increase market access for poor farmers," says Gerald Nelson, lead author of the report.

IFPRI warns that the impacts of climate change on agriculture will threaten global food security. Higher temperatures will reduce yields and encourage weeds and pests, while increasingly unpredictable rainfall patterns will increase the chance of crop failures. Therefore, without adaptation, IFPRI predicts that irrigated wheat and rice yields will drop by 30 and 15 percent respectively by 2050 in developing countries. Food prices are also expected to rise by 170-194 per cent for wheat, 113-121 per cent for rice and 148-153 per cent for maize. Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia will be hit hardest.

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