THE charity Oxfam has issued a warning that some foods will have doubled in price in 20 years time unless the food system is reformed by world leaders. Millions of people could suffer food shortages due to ecological and sociological factors. Combinations of rising energy prices, population growth and climates that affect harvests could see the current number of 900 million people experiencing hunger rise dramatically.
The world’s population is expected to reach 9.1 billion by 2050 and demand for food would naturally increase. But drought, floods and storms caused by climate change will have started to affect crop yields.
The price of essential foodstuffs such as corn or maize, which has already hit record prices, will double in the next 20 years, Oxfam predicted.
“In this new age of crisis, as climate impacts become increasingly severe and fertile land and fresh water supplies become increasingly scarce, feeding the world will get harder still.” said Oxfam chief Jeremy Hobbs.