The last straw: food security in the Hindu Kush Himalayas and the additional burden of climate change
The ICIMOD and GRID-Arendal have released a report detailing the food security and agricultural situation in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH). The publication considers how food security is being affected by changing socioeconomic and environmental conditions in the region, including climate change and rising global food prices. The report, titled 'The Last Straw: Food Security in the Hindu Kush Himalayas and the Additional Burden of Climate Change,' offers an overview of the vulnerabilities of mountain regions in general and the HKH region in particular. The onset of more extreme weather, such as droughts and floods, complicates the already harsh conditions of rough terrain, poor soils and short growing seasons in mountainous areas, according to the report. In addition, the report emphasizes that mountain peoples, including in the HKH, are particularly susceptible to the effects of climate change due to "high levels of poverty and high proportions of undernourished people, high dependence on local agricultural productivity and depleted natural resources, vulnerable supply lines and complicated logistics to external markets and poor infrastructure." The report outlines the expected consequences of climate change in the HKH and the resulting changes in farming practices and demographics.