Woman fishing with a net on the delta, south of Padmapukur, Khulna district, Bangladesh (22° 15′ 58.86″ N – 89° 11′ 42.63″ E) © Yann Arthus-Bertrand.
Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. It is also one of those facing the greatest threat from climate change. Large swathes of the country face flooding due to rising sea levels. Other areas face the same problems due to melting glaciers in the Himalayas. Storms and droughts only make the problems worse. Many Bangladeshis depend on fishing, but as extreme weather becomes more common, life at sea becomes more dangerous. Although fishing is less dangerous in the river deltas, they are blighted by overfishing.
GOAL BY 2030: ERADICATE ALL FORMS OF HUNGER, MALNUTRITION AND FAMINE. A STAGGERING 800 MILLION PEOPLE – AROUND ONE IN NINE – CURRENTLY GO TO BED HUNGRY.
Children need good, nutritious food to develop healthy bodies and minds. For millions of children, this is not the reality. .
Children need good, nutritious food to develop healthy bodies and minds. For millions of children, this is not the reality. Hunger is particularly widespread in the poorest parts of Asia and Africa, but many children in rich countries don’t get enough to eat or have diets lacking in proper nutrition. Obesity, too, is a form of malnutrition. Like other forms, poor people are the main victims. More deaths are now caused by obesity-related conditions than by famine.
We need new ways of producing and distributing food to a growing global population, ways that do not inflict damage on the natural environment on land and at sea. Agriculture needs to be more sustainable and actively preserve ecosystems. Small-scale agriculture needs to be more efficient, more productive and make more money for the farmers. Greater diversity in crops and livestock, instead of the current tendency to focus on particular strains and species, will help make food production more resilient and capable of withstanding climate change and extreme weather.
Many countries have laws and regulations that protect their agriculture and fisheries, but the unfair competition this triggers makes it harder to produce and distribute food fairly. All trade barriers and export subsidies must be abolished.