Climate change a 'ticking time bomb' for food
A UN expert on the right to food said Wednesday that climate change represented a "ticking timebomb" that would hit the poorest countries and those who struggled to feed themselves the hardest.
"Climate change is a ticking time bomb for global food security," said United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food Olivier De Schutter as the UN climate summit in Copenhagen struggled to reach agreement.
"We know that the impacts of climate change will be felt disproportionately by some of the poorest countries and the most vulnerable within those countries," he added in a statement.
"And we know that small scale farmers and indigenous peoples, as well as those who depend on land for their livelihoods, will suffer most."
However, De Schutter cautioned that some measures aimed at countering climate change could also be harmful, after finding that some projects for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) had violated human rights.