Archive: Food security


News & Analysis Farm worker hands holding corn.

A new climate change impact synthesis report highlights the effects of climate change on South Africa and its impact on people’s lives.

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If it were not for the ingenuity of South African farmers who make alternative green energy plans, the entire agricultural sector would be under much more pressure.

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“The era of global boiling has arrived”, said UN chief António Guterres, and leaders must take drastic and immediate action to limit climate catastrophe.

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A new climate justice documentary follows activists across Southern Africa fighting against the fossil fuel giants that threaten their communities.

Explainer Livestock drink from water source

Climate change is impacting agriculture, farmers’ livelihoods and the price of our food. Action is essential to safeguard food security.

Explainer Field of maize crop

Mitigating climate change and increasing domestic food production can help to address food insecurity and rising prices.

Explainer Various bowls of seeds, grains and pulses

Climate change and supply chain disruptions impacted food availability and affordability in 2022, causing double-digit inflation for many key items.

Explainer Selection of fruits at a food market

Spiralling food prices are driving inflation and squeezing household budgets. This is exacerbating poverty, hunger and debt.

Explainer Photo of parched landscape with sparse vegetation. Gully erosion, the most common form of soil erosion, has formed channels in the land

Soil erosion is a serious environmental problem in South Africa, affecting both land and water resources.

Explainer Wicker basket containing celery, tomatoes, sweet potato, courgettes, carrots and citrus fruit. Butternut squash just out of shot. Everything looks fresh.

Food prices are affected by overall price inflation, but they are also an inflation driver in their own right.

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“There are no jobs on a dead planet!” goes the old slogan. Environmental degradation is a serious risk to economic growth.

News & Analysis Drought-stricken barren landscape with cracked earth

The IMF is sounding the alarm as climate change threatens to worsen food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa.

Explainer Aerial photo of a herd of cows on grass

Livestock farming contributes to poverty reduction in rural areas. However, industrialised livestock farming is one of the greatest threats to planetary and human health.

Explainer Farm workers harvesting crops and hauling boxes of produce

The cascading effects of climate change impact our ability to produce food, leading to food insecurity and increased food prices.

Explainer Field of wheat crop in front of mountain

Agriculture is both a victim and culprit of climate change. The sector is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions and is acutely vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Explainer Dry, cracked soil due to drought

A drought refers to a period of time when an area experiences lower-than-average precipitation. South Africa faces an increasing risk from drought due to climate change.

Explainer Photograph of an intricately patterned glass dome, taken from underneath

The main greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide (CO2), produced by burning fossil fuels. South Africa is the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases on the African continent.

Explainer Photograph of tree showing branches with green leaves and a thick network of roots. Sunlight coming through the branches.

Biosphere reserves are dedicated areas of ecological protection that promote solutions for sustainable development and human well-being.

Explainer Young crops growing from soil in a field

Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a greenhouse gas (GHG), more commonly known as laughing gas. While N2O rarely makes headlines, it is a dangerous driver of climate change.

Explainer Aerial view of crops being harvested by machine

Farming is a thriving, robust and diverse sector in South Africa, consisting of both commercial and subsistence farms.